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Two months ago I installed Mandrake 9.0. I was a bit frustrated by the fact that it drops my cable connection from time to time, (more of which in another thread). I tried Debian 3. Big mistake. I have just in the last week reloaded Mandrake.
After the reload, I did the software update. It failed (after a very long download) because the mySQL files were broken. Eventually I tried it with the mySQL files unchecked. Everything else loaded fine. I got KDE upgraded to 3.0.5a and the latest cups/foomatic system, which controls my HP3822 printer perfectly!
However, grpmi/urpmi seem to be broken, and I cannot connect to Software Update again. Also I have tried to set up a new source to a directory on one of my Windows partitions as I have downloaded the RPMs for KDE3.1 to that directory and it lets me input the details but then does not save it.
When I try to connect to Software Update I get some rubbish about the mirror site being down or Mandrake are no longer supporting upgrades for 9.0, both of which are clearly nonsense.
I suspect that this may be because the grpmi/urpmi were actually upgraded by the download, and I need to set up their configurations again, I just don't know how.
Hi MasterC. I have looked in that thread. My problem is not that I want cooker files, (unless there are any out there which can get a Umax 2100U scanner or a Ricoh RDC-i500 camera to work). My problem is that the "software update", and "software sources manager" applets (in Mandrake Control Center) do not work correctly. As a result, I can type upgrade addresses into the "Configure Source" box but they do not get saved. When I try the "software update" applet I get an error box headed "Error adding update medium" full of some rubbish about the mirror site being broken (it isn't) or that Mandrake 9.0 may no longer be supported (it is), and offering to try another site, which of course produces exactly the same result.
This only happened after I did a Software Upgrade which included updated versions of grpmi and urpmi, which I suspect must be the reason. So I wonder whether a configuration file needs to be moved/created/upgraded by hand to match the "improved(?)" software. Thing is I wouldn't know where to start!
Yeah, don't use the cooker info, that thread also applies to regular updates as well. It shows how to get the mirror site setup since it can be a little tricky. The "Error updating medium" is a hurdle that can sure seem discouraging and that's basically why I built that little pic tutorial. I really doubt that an update to urpmi would also require some "hand" modification by the user. Things are specifically setup in Mandy to work straight out of the box. I am still leaning much more towards the difficulty in setting up the mirror to get the updates as being this problem. I don't suggest you go the cooker route, but the setting up of the mirror is done the same way. Take only what applies to you from that thread in other words.
Also... Check to make sure the ftp site(s) you are trying to update from are actually still working and mirroring Mandrake (due to the financial problems lately, some sites may have been instructed to temporarily take their mirrors of Mandrake down).
Thanks again, but the problem is definitely that the config file is not being written to by urpmi. I backed up the config file then edited by hand. As I don't quite know what to do this was by deleting a section. Guess what? The missing bit did not show on the software updates applet, proving that the applet does read the file, but when I attempted to update it via the program, it did not save, so it is definitely a local software fault.