update manager 404 error?

Jeffrey F. Bloss jbloss at tampabay.rr.com
Tue Jan 23 03:46:29 UTC 2007


David Armour wrote:

> Hello list!
> 
> Most recent update manager notice for libc6, libc6-dev,
> libc6-i686 ...shows W: Failed to fetch
> http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/g/glibc/libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12.2_i386.deb
>   404 Not Found
> 
> Can someone please translate what this means. I thought a 404 meant
> the webpage/site was no longer active. Eek!

More precisely, that's the code a web server returns when it's asked to
serve content it cannot find. That content could be a web page of
course, an image, or in this case a .deb file.  :)

I believe there was some discussion of this here recently. I think it
was detwemined that the ca.ubuntu.com servers are having "problems".
If you drop the 'libc6-dev_2...' off the end of the above URL and plug
it into your web browser as...

http://ca.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/g/glibc/

...then scroll down about 1/3 of the page you'll see this section of
the file listing...
  
 libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12.1_amd64.deb    08-Jan-2007   07:03   2.1M  
 libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12.1_i386.deb     08-Jan-2007   08:03   1.8M  
 libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12.1_powerpc.deb  08-Jan-2007   08:03   2.4M  
 libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12.1_sparc.deb    08-Jan-2007   12:03   2.6M  
 libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12.2_amd64.deb    22-Jan-2007   14:04   2.1M  
 libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12_amd64.deb      10-Oct-2006   10:03   2.1M  

Apparently the ubuntu12.2_2 release is a very recent minor version
update that hasn't found it's way to the Canadian mirror yet, but I'm
betting the Contentsxxx.gz or Packages.gz already show the change. IOW,
it's some sort of "indexing issue" or maybe a slow sync between mirrors.

In any case, someone suggested suggested dropping the 'ca' from the
repository URL, thus making your source:

http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/g/glibc/libc6-dev_2.4-1ubuntu12.2_i386.deb

The above does work, of course for Update Manager you'll need to change
all the 'ca' repositories in your /etc/apt/sources.list to the
"generic" repositories located in the UK(?). From the FWIW department it
appears us.archive.ubuntu.com resolves to those "UK" servers also, in
case you were thinking you might try something still in North America...

jeff at chisel:~$ ping -c 3 archive.ubuntu.com
PING archive.ubuntu.com (195.248.90.35) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 195.248.90.35: icmp_seq=1 ttl=47 time=133 ms
64 bytes from 195.248.90.35: icmp_seq=2 ttl=47 time=140 ms
64 bytes from 195.248.90.35: icmp_seq=3 ttl=47 time=136 ms

jeff at chisel:~$ ping -c 3 us.archive.ubuntu.com
PING us.archive.ubuntu.com (195.248.90.35) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 195.248.90.35: icmp_seq=1 ttl=47 time=133 ms
64 bytes from 195.248.90.35: icmp_seq=2 ttl=47 time=131 ms
64 bytes from 195.248.90.35: icmp_seq=3 ttl=47 time=132 ms

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