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Old 09-10-2004, 12:09 PM   #1
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apt-get -t unstable install gnome does not work within MEPIS

I've just managed to setup the MEPIS 2004.01 - this was quite easy, but when i try to do an

apt-get -t unstable install gnome
apt-get update
or what ever

it allways tells me

0% [Connecting to (] [Connecting to non-us.debi

and nothing is happening for a while and then it tells me, that it can't reach ....

FTP with other sides are ok

Any ideas, icould do, i'm not very used to Debian's apt-get

Old 09-10-2004, 02:26 PM   #2
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It's probably the debian ftp site itself. Maybe there's just too much traffic. Try using a different mirror instead.

Look here to learn how to configure apt to use a different source:
Old 09-10-2004, 03:48 PM   #3
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MEPIS, eventhough it is based on Debian, isn't Debian. Thus there might be trouble if you use debians mirrors
Old 09-10-2004, 04:06 PM   #4
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You can use Debian mirrors with Mepis. David the H. is probably right, the Debian servers are sometimes slow and that is likely your problem. You can generate a new list of servers using "apt-spy" to get the fastest servers in your area. Just go to To download it and install with:
dpkg -i apt-spy*.deb
Backup your existing apt sources.list:
cd /etc/apt
mv sources.list sources.list.OLD
Then use apt-spy to generate a new one:
apt-spy update
apt-spy -d unstable -s US
Where "US" is the two letter country code near you. I use US. "unstable" is the branch of Debian you want with Mepis. It takes a while to run as it benchmarks a long list of servers, but in the end it will generate a sources.list file with the fastest server it finds. You can then run:
apt-get update
apt-get install <your favorite package>
You may also want to edit the sources.list file that apt-spy generates. It only has a listing for the "main" part of Debian, but you may want to add "contrib" and "non-free". It also will only give you Debian unstable packages, you may want to also list the "testing" branch as an option. Also, Mepis comes with a sources.list file that has sources for mplayer and other multimedia stuff. You'll probably want that as well. Look at you original sources.list file as a guide to editing the one generated by apt-spy.
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MEPIS is already based on Sid, so why the '-t unstable'???
Old 09-12-2004, 09:46 AM   #6
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Hey folks!

Thanks for your help!

I'll test it all!

Old 09-16-2004, 04:08 AM   #7
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Well - I've got it now!

the apt-get is now working fine - thanks for the tips!

... but i have an other problem here i put on an other question


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