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It is not a bug in apt-get or aptitude, but a snafu in the dmm repos. All it takes is for one package to be messed up in a repo for it to cause apt/aptitude to snarl. Even though Christian is a DD his dmm repo is not an official Debian repo, a bug in it is not a bug in a Debian package.
Comment dmm it works, and on sid whatever the problem was it has been fixed even with dmm uncommented.The main dmm repo seems to work OK now at least on sid.
As as of now (Sat Sep 11 UTC), apt chokes, unless sources.list file is modified. I am trying to tweak options as suggested by posts #49 and #54 in this report.
However, after reading "man 5 apt.config" and "/usr/share/doc/apt/examples/*", I am not sure how to proceed. Also, apt-howto in www.debian.org says that it is obsolete.
So far, I have found that "apt-config dump" does NOT show language line, and simply putting "/usr/share/doc/apt/examples/apt.conf" in /etc/apt/ makes "aptitude update" to revive under some circumstances.
I am not quite sure what is going on around me. Just an update.
Last edited by kaz2100; 09-11-2010 at 07:27 PM.
Reason: missing line
Yes, modified sources.list works. I remember that maintainer of Debian multimedia used to have (or has?) difficulty with bandwidth, if I am correct. Another reason is that I would like to learn how apt works. So post #7 was sent.