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Old 11-12-2005, 07:36 PM   #1
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apt-get errors

I keep getting the following errors or warnings ("W") when I run apt-get. It says I should do apt-get update, but I've done that with no change. I went to the point of removing all of the deb-source entries in my sources.list file. Still it gives me grief.

W: Couldn't stat source package list stable/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/ftp.debian.org_debian_dists_stable_main_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list stable/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/ - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: Couldn't stat source package list stable/main Packages (/var/lib/apt/lists/mirrors.kernel.org_debian_dists_stable_main_binary-i386_Packages) - stat (2 No such file or directory)
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems
One piece of info that may give someone some indication of how I got here:
I have just installed Sarge (Debian 3.1r0) on my file server and was attempting to do a apt-get dist-upgrade when I started getting a number of other messages indicating that some packages were unable to be reached. So I came to LQ and searched. Under the advice of a couple of people (I'd have to search them out and post links to their posts, blah, blah) I added a number of lines to my sources.list file. Then, per one individual's advice, I went through and put all of my source listings (except security, of course) to unstable and did another apt-get dist-upgrade. Seems like it just hasn't been right since then.

I have no idea what all was upgraded with the dist-upgrade command. Do I need to start over and ignore the advice of well-meaning geeks who give advice that I am not ready to utilize?

Old 11-12-2005, 10:13 PM   #2
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Yes, you can start over and stick with stable, or work your way up through testing to unstable. I think as a newbie you should stop at testing, but you might be up for an adventure.

They call it unstable for a reason, but I have generally found it to be quite usable, so if I were you I'd wait until tomorrow, then try the dist-upgrade again. Sometimes you can catch unstable at a bad moment.


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