Update Manager Hanging

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Thu Oct 30 22:31:44 UTC 2008

On 10/29/2008 04:45 PM, Derek Broughton wrote:
> NoOp wrote:
>> If it is hanging before the password then it probably is related to this:
>> https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gksu/+bug/187982
>> [ update-manager fails to bring up the password prompt for root
>> privileges] Warning, it's a long read.
> And if it's hanging _after_ getting the password (don't you need to give
> update-manager the password before it starts downloading?) that just seems
> to be typical of any of the apt methods.  

Yes. But there have been a series of bugs whereby gksu was causing
issues with update-manager. Plus he'd mentioned "When it hangs it is
before it asks for the password."

I find that anything that causes
> slowdowns on the download will tend to hang the apt process.  From work,
> it's notorious - I can wget the file in seconds, but frequently get hung
> forever using any package manager.  otoh, from home, where I have a tenth
> of the bandwidth, I rarely have a problem.  It _seems_ to be related to the
> fact that there's some bandwidth throttling on the work connection - I
> can't get more than 100kBps for more than about a minute before it
> throttles me down to 10k or less.

Regarding your work connection: my guess is that the issue is probably
due to the fact that update-manager attempts to take the entire
bandwidth of any link that it connects to. See:
 [Wishlist] Include limit-rate bandwidth option

When you attempt to use update-manager from work, it sucks up the full
bandwidth and your work network settings probably see this and kill your

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