[Aptitude-devel] Bug#838560: aptitude: "aptitude -u" hangs indefinitely at "Loading cache" if an APT repo results in a 404 (maybe APT 1.3 related)

Axel Beckert abe at debian.org
Thu Sep 22 15:33:02 UTC 2016

Hi again,

Axel Beckert wrote:
> As every day, I ran "aptitude -u". But for one or two days (not sure if
> before or after the APT 1.3 final upload), all Opera APT repos gave a
> 404. (They no more do, so I can't reproduce it anymore with these repos,
> but will later try to get a working and persistent example with a dummy
> repo.)

I was able to reproduce this with these sources.list entries:

deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stretch non-free
deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-beta/ stretch non-free
deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-snapshot/ stretch non-free

(They don't know about stretch, just about testing, see

It might be necessary to first do the following:

* Add a line like "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free"
* Run "apt update"
* Add the according GPG key with "apt-key add"
* Run "apt update" again.
* Change "stable" to "stretch".
* Then run "aptitude -u" and it should stall as reported.

At least the above should suffice.

		Regards, Axel
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