[sclug] update-manager hangs in Debian

Simon Huggins huggie at earth.li
Sun Aug 7 22:33:13 UTC 2011

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On Sun, Aug 07, 2011 at 05:26:07PM +0100, Neil Haughton wrote:
> I have a wierd Debian 6 problem with Synaptic/apt-get. It's crept in quite
> recently - I can download and install specific packages, but  if I want to
> get the latest updates (ie using the Debian Update Manager), it hangs with
> the processor flatlining. I've tried updating the sources, but that has the
> same effect. I've tried deleting the sources.list file and recreating it,
> using different mirrors, but I have the same result.

> Can anyone suggest the cause and what to do about it? I obviously can't
> delete and reinstall the UpdateManager/apt-get.

This looks a bit like:

And suggests to me that this package isn't well maintained in Debian :(

You probably could remove update-manager and still recover if you wanted
to as you wouldn't be removing the underlying Debian tools like apt-get
that would still let you install packages.

What does
	aptitude update
	aptitude --simulate dist-upgrade
from a terminal give you?
(as root so either prepend sudo or become root first)

What version of update-manager do you have installed?
	dpkg -l update-manager
will tell you.

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