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I managed to install my Debian linux base system alright, but now that I am trying to install additional packages I am running into trouble. Whenever I am trying to run 'apt-get update' it fails and gives me the strange message: "Something wicked happened resolving 'ftp.debian.org:http' (3)". Does anybody know what to make of this cryptic message? Thanks!...

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    I managed to install my Debian linux base system alright, but now that I am
    trying to install additional packages I am running into trouble. Whenever I
    am trying to run 'apt-get update' it fails and gives me the strange message:
    "Something wicked happened resolving 'ftp.debian.org:http' (3)".
    Does anybody know what to make of this cryptic message?
    Thanks!


    Reinmar Weck Guest

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    Reinmar Weck scribbled:
    > I managed to install my Debian linux base system alright, but now that I
    > am
    > trying to install additional packages I am running into trouble. Whenever
    > I am trying to run 'apt-get update' it fails and gives me the strange
    > message: "Something wicked happened resolving 'ftp.debian.org:http' (3)".
    > Does anybody know what to make of this cryptic message?
    > Thanks!
    Check the /etc/apt/sources.list

    % cat /etc/apt/sources.list

    deb [url]ftp://ftp.us.debian.org/debian[/url] sarge main contrib non-free
    deb [url]ftp://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US[/url] sarge/non-US main contrib non-free

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    horne Guest

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    "Reinmar Weck" <rwecktelus.net> writes:

    ]I managed to install my Debian linux base system alright, but now that I am
    ]trying to install additional packages I am running into trouble. Whenever I
    ]am trying to run 'apt-get update' it fails and gives me the strange message:
    ]"Something wicked happened resolving 'ftp.debian.org:http' (3)".

    It is called a sense of humour (well, someone's humour-- little did the programmer
    realise that what is funny once need not remain so after the 20th viewing)
    This presumably means that when it tried to resolve ftp.debian.org:http, which is
    an invalid address, it fails. Now ftp.debian.org is a prefectly fine address.
    I have no idea what that address is supposed to mean however. Sounds like a bug to
    me.


    ]Does anybody know what to make of this cryptic message?
    ]Thanks!


    Bill Unruh Guest

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    Hello

    Reinmar Weck (<rwecktelus.net>) wrote:
    > I managed to install my Debian linux base system alright, but now that
    > I am
    > trying to install additional packages I am running into trouble.
    > Whenever I am trying to run 'apt-get update' it fails and gives me the
    > strange message: "Something wicked happened resolving
    > 'ftp.debian.org:http' (3)". Does anybody know what to make of this
    > cryptic message? Thanks!
    It says that apt can not find ftp.debian.org, which very probably means
    that your internet connection is not configured properly. Try to reach
    ftp.debian.org by pinging it or using a ftp or http client.

    'ftp.debian.org:http' means that apt tries to use the http protocol for
    that server. This should work (although changing to ftp will also
    work).

    best regards
    Andreas Janssen


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    Andreas Janssen Guest

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    On Thu, 11 Sep 2003 20:48:32 GMT, Reinmar Weck
    <rwecktelus.net> wrote:
    > I managed to install my Debian linux base system alright, but now that I am
    > trying to install additional packages I am running into trouble. Whenever I
    > am trying to run 'apt-get update' it fails and gives me the strange message:
    > "Something wicked happened resolving 'ftp.debian.org:http' (3)".
    > Does anybody know what to make of this cryptic message?
    > Thanks!
    >
    If your system uses demand dialing, apt-get might have timed out while
    it was connecting to ftp.debian.org. In that case, just give the
    "apt-get update" command again before the modem hangs up.


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