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Old 10-16-2009, 06:29 PM   #1
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Aptitude Cache on NFS share breaks dist-upgrade: Why?

(While updating from jaunty to karmic on my laptop via aptitude dist-upgrade on new sources.list

I have a small /var partition, so I create a symlink /var/cache/apt/archives to a new directory on an NFS share with plenty of space.

So, essentially, packages were doing this:

Ubuntu mirror -> localhost -> My local server via NFS

However, shortly into the process, aptitude dies with the error:

E: Method http has died unexpectedly!
I did resolve the issue by not using NFS (instead I used another local partition for the symlink.) I was just curious if anyone had an explanation for this. I can't think of anything more sophisticated than "there was a lot of tx/rx on the network and so it got confused and crapped out."


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