[Aptitude-devel] Bug#834790: Bug#834790: aptitude hangs at "Loading cache" when unable to download package list

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Fri Aug 19 09:36:36 UTC 2016

Control: tag -1 - d-i

Hi Kipp,

Kipp Cannon wrote:
> After doing an update (pressing "u"), if an entry in /etc/apt/sources.list
> was invalid or the server did not respond, then upon returning from the
> screen of package list download progress bars aptitude displays "Loading
> cache" in a box and then stops and makes any further progress.  The program
> is somewhat responsive, for example, pressing "q" presents an option to
> quit the program, but it is impossible to use the program to install or
> upgrade any software until all servers in sources.list are responding
> again.
> How to reproduce:  put a typo in /etc/apt/sources.list, e.g., replace
> "stretch" with "strecth", run aptitude, press "u".

Thanks for the detailed bug report. Will try to reproduce it.

> This might negatively impact a first-time install if a bad mirror
> is chosen.

I disagree here. As far as I know, aptitude was never used inside the
d-i and is not even installed by default anymore. Hence removing that

		Regards, Axel
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