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IDProjectCategoryView StatusLast Update
0003763Kali LinuxGeneral Bugpublic2020-12-01 10:48
Reportervladvlad Assigned Torhertzog  
Status resolvedResolutionfixed 
Product Version2016.2 
Summary0003763: Upstream repo ( broken during repo upgrades

The upstream repository for Kali 2016.2 is unusable multiple times per day, every day, for undetermined but significant periods of time.

It appears that when the repository is undergoing upgrades (the file is present in /kali) all packages are absent but the default directory structure remains. For example, /kali/pool/main/g/ exists but the dir is empty. A screenshot depicting this is attached.

This is a major blocker for automated builds and any apt update/upgrade/install activities happening during these repo upgrades.

A cursory internet search for "" shows multiple separate complaints such as ticket 0003576 on this tracker, all are dismissed with suggestions to check the OP's local network connection because the repo works by the time others get around to checking an hour+ later, by which time the repo has finished the upgrade and packages are available again.

I have verified this daily for the past 10 days, and today I have asked a friend on the opposite coast (US) to check and they experienced the same thing - empty repo dirs causing apt to fail.

Please contact the maintainer and ask them to use rsync with the --delete flag, or otherwise fix whatever is causing this downtime as this is a poor user experience at seemingly random intervals.

Steps To Reproduce

Visit and check whether the dir is empty or not.

Also look for the existence of

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2016-12-08 13:53

administrator   ~0006150

Hello, thanks for the report. I informed the mirror admin and in the mean time I disabled the mirror from the rotation.



2017-02-03 14:26

administrator   ~0006307

The mirror admin reported a storage failure at that time. He did restore the mirror a few days aferwards. But then the mirror syncing blew up at the end of december. I pinged him again.



2017-02-07 14:14

administrator   ~0006337

All the problems should be fixed now. I re-enabled the mirror. If you notice anything wrong, feel free to reopen this ticket or file a new one. Cheers,

Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2016-12-08 01:28 vladvlad New Issue
2016-12-08 01:28 vladvlad File Added: Screen Shot 2016-12-07 at 5.17.41 PM.png
2016-12-08 13:53 rhertzog Note Added: 0006150
2016-12-08 13:53 rhertzog Assigned To => rhertzog
2016-12-08 13:53 rhertzog Status new => assigned
2017-02-03 14:26 rhertzog Note Added: 0006307
2017-02-07 14:14 rhertzog Status assigned => resolved
2017-02-07 14:14 rhertzog Resolution open => fixed
2017-02-07 14:14 rhertzog Note Added: 0006337
2020-12-01 10:48 g0tmi1k Priority high => normal