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Old 02-21-2008, 01:27 AM   #1
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netselect-apt problem -- claims I'm "behind firewall"


trying to solve some other problems with my install, and figure I should start with a functioning aptitude installation. Right now I can never seem to find anything. Anyway, tried to run netselect, and got the following:

johndesk:/etc/apt# netselect-apt testing
Using distribution testing.
Retrieving the list of mirrors from

=> `mirrors_full'
Connecting to||:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 252,594 (247K) [text/html]

100%[====================================>] 252,594 119.88K/s

22:29:56 (119.48 KB/s) - `mirrors_full' saved [252594/252594]

Choosing a main Debian mirror using netselect.
Running netselect to choose 1 out of 1 address.

netselect was unable to find a mirror, this probably means that
you are behind a firewall and it is blocking traceroute.
I checked out, but my router reports that I have no firewall running. Is there some default debian firewall that could be blocking this? My router is a Linksys WRT54G, if that helps the diagnosis. Thanks!
Old 02-21-2008, 07:59 PM   #2
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It may well be your distro firewall blocking you. Most distro's install a firewall by default.
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What does "iptables -L" return? iptables is a very common Linux firewall. Also, are you able to reach any of the mirrors found in that file via a ping?


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