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Re: update problem






On Sun, Sep 9, 2018, 20:09 Patrick Bartek <nemommxiv@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Sun, 9 Sep 2018 10:52:39 -0400
Default User <hunguponcontent@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> UPDATE:
>
> Problem still occurring as of 2018-09-09 14.50 UT.
> No indication of whether anyone else is experiencing this condition.
>

I don't run Sid/Unstable, but "updates" on both Wheezy which I ran
for 5+ years and now Stretch on occasion stall, but very rarely like 4
or 5 times a year. I've traced this particular "problem" to a repo that
is not available for whatever reason. My guesses why are its files are
being updated and access is locked out, the server is very busy and too
overloaded to respond or is down for maintenance, its Internet access
is off line, or my ISP is having problems.  I usually just CTRL-C out
of it and try later which usually works.

As to your "bug reports" download.  This could be the crux of your
problem since that file is being updated to its most current status
BEFORE it's downloaded.  My take a lot of time.

And a third reason: You're using Sid.  It's called Unstable for
multiple reasons.

Have you tried using apt-get or apt instead of aptitude?  I haven't
used aptitude since I first installed Sarge a dozen+ years ago using
floppies.

Also, besides checking your sources.list, check what's in
sources.list.d, too.

B

> On Sat, Sep 8, 2018 at 3:38 PM Default User
> <hunguponcontent@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>
> > Hello . . .
> > Running Sid (amd-64) on standard x86-64 hardware, conventional
> > software setup, nothing unusual.
> >
> > For several days now, after I do:
> >
> > sudo aptitude -Pvv update
> >
> > If there is anything to upgrade, if I do:
> >
> > sudo aptitude -Pvv safe-upgrade
> >
> > (or)
> >
> > sudo aptitude -Pvv full-upgrade
> >
> > it will "Get: " the new and/or update package(s), then it will
> > STALL FOR UP TO 5 MINUTES at:
> >
> > Retrieving bug reports... 0%
> >
> > then followed by:
> >
> > Retrieving bug reports... Done
> > Parsing Found/Fixed information... Done
> > Reading changelogs... Done
> >
> > before finally "Unpacking, Preparing and Setting up" the packages to
> > complete the upgrade.
> >
> > [See example fragment:
> >
> > . . .
> >
> > Get: 15 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian unstable/main amd64
> > libspice-client-glib-2.0-8 amd64 0.35-2 [528 kB]
> > Get: 16 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian unstable/main amd64
> > libspice-client-gtk-3.0-5 amd64 0.35-2 [274 kB]
> > Get: 17 http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian unstable/main amd64 redshift
> > amd64 1.12-1 [108 kB]
> > Fetched 5,625 kB in 5s (1,134 kB/s)
> > Retrieving bug reports... Done
> > Parsing Found/Fixed information... Done
> > Reading changelogs... Done
> > (Reading database ... 208745 files and directories currently
> > installed.) Preparing to
> > unpack .../00-aptitude_0.8.11-3_amd64.deb ... Unpacking aptitude
> > (0.8.11-3) over (0.8.10-9) ... Preparing to
> > unpack .../01-aptitude-common_0.8.11-3_all.deb ... Unpacking
> > aptitude-common (0.8.11-3) over (0.8.10-9) ...
> >
> > . . . ]
> >
> > Note: sources list is okay:
> >
> > cat /etc/apt/sources.list
> > # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 9.4.0 _Stretch_ - Official amd64
> > NETINST 20180310-11:21]/ buster contrib main non-free
> >
> > deb        http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/            unstable
> > main  contrib  non-free
> > deb-src    http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/            unstable
> > main  contrib  non-free
> >
> > # deb      http://security.debian.org/debian-security
> > buster/updates main  contrib  non-free
> > # deb-src  http://security.debian.org/debian-security
> > buster/updates main  contrib  non-free
> >
> > # buster-updates, previously known as 'volatile'
> > # deb      http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/
> > buster-updates main  contrib  non-free
> > # deb-src  http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/
> > buster-updates main  contrib  non-free
> >
> > and I have run netselect-apt to find the fastest mirror:
> >
> > sudo netselect-apt -s -n sid
> >
> > (trimmed for result only:)
> >
> > The fastest 10 servers seem to be:
> >
> > http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/
> > http://mirror.us.leaseweb.net/debian/
> > http://debian.ec.as6453.net/debian/
> > http://mirror.us.oneandone.net/debian/
> > http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/
> > http://mirrors.advancedhosters.com/debian/
> > http://mirror.cogentco.com/debian/
> > http://mirrors.gigenet.com/debian/
> > http://mirror.steadfast.net/debian/
> > http://ftp.utexas.edu/debian/
> >
> > Of the hosts tested we choose the fastest valid for HTTP:
> >         http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/
> >
> > Writing sources.list.
> > sources.list exists, moving to sources.list.1536427463
> > Done.
> >
> > (As expected.)
> >
> > So . . .
> > 1 - Has anyone else seen this "stall" during updating.
> > 2 - any clue as to the cause? Maybe just a problem with whatever
> > site provides "bug reports" information to the aptitude updating
> > mechanism?
> >
> >
> >


Hi, Patrick.
Thanks for the reply. 

I have tried updating with: 
- aptitude
- apt 
- apt-get

No difference. 

I checked /etc/apt/sources.list, it is unchanged and has worked ever since I first upgraded to unstable, quite a while ago. 

I even tried changing repository mirrors. Again no change. 

And, BTW, the directory /etc/apt/sources.d is empty.

BUT, I have been using kernel 4.18.1. On a hunch, I booted into kernel 4.17.3. Then I did a small update of only 2 packages using aptitude. 

It worked without stalling at retrieving bug reports 0% ! 

So it might just be an issue with 4.18.1. But if so, I am surprised that no one else using 4.18.1 has posted here, saying that they had that problem also. 

Or even to say that they haven't . . . 
: )

Anyway, I will wait until at least tomorrow to try it again, with a larger update, to see how that goes.