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Odd Behaviour with netselect-apt


netselect-apt is a package that will find the Debian mirror which presently offers the fastest response time to your system; it does this by pulling down a full list of mirrors and then using netselect to determine relative download speeds. It's a logical extension of netselect to relieve the administrator from having to manually select mirrors to test; all of them get tested.

The Problem

On Sunday 15 January 2005, I used netselect-apt to find the fastest sites via the following procedure:
netselect-apt -s -n -o /tmp/sources.experimental experimental
netselect-apt -s -n -o /tmp/sources.unstable unstable
netselect-apt -s -n -o /tmp/sources.testing testing
netselect-apt -s -n -o /tmp/sources.stable stable
grep -hv ^# /tmp/sources.*
vi /etc/apt/sources.list

thereupon moving the relevant lines tacked onto the end of the file into the appropriate places in the file.

Running apt-get update against the newly modified sources.list file gave errors
> Reading Package Lists...Error!
> E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
> E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room
> E: Problem with MergeList?
> E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.

Resetting the contents of the sources.list file back to the original contents (using the ftp.de.debian.org mirror, which is very slow from here) did not exhibit the problem, nor did using a (better but not optimal) ftp2?.jp.debian.org mirror.

Anybody with any ideas, please feel free to edit this or email me at jdickey at seven-sigma dot com. Thanks
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