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    Default Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    OpenSuSe 11.1 i586 KDE4

    Every single time I click on online update and yast starts refreshing for new packages it fails with this message:

    File '/repodata/repomd.xml' not found on medium 'http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1/repo/oss/'

    But that happens to every single online repository I have (Including Non-OSS). If I retry it leads to the same situation over and over. The funny thing is that if I hit skip everytime it asks me, I do get to the download area and I am able to successfully get new packages.

    I'm using a wireless network. Could it be that it is timing out my connection everytime?...I don't think so.

    Any help?

    Andres

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Quote Originally Posted by acimmarusti View Post

    Any help?
    I'm NOT a YaST hater, so don't take this wrong, but...

    Updating with YaST is a real kludge!

    Personally, this is the way I do it (terminal):

    Code:
    sudo zypper ref  # Refreshes the Repos
    sudo zypper lu   # Shows you the changes
    sudo zypper up   # Updates the Repos
    Simple pimple! You might want to try it...
    VinDSL

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Quote Originally Posted by acimmarusti View Post
    'http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.1/repo/oss/'
    Remove the trailing "/" on that link. The installer puts that one there, and it shouldn't.

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Thanks for the help, it works now.

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Quote Originally Posted by VinDSL View Post
    I'm NOT a YaST hater, so don't take this wrong, but...

    Updating with YaST is a real kludge!
    Actually suse updater is the kludge, not yast.

    Updating via "Online Update" and "Software Management" yast modules never gives headache.

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Quote Originally Posted by smpoole7 View Post
    Remove the trailing "/" on that link. The installer puts that one there, and it shouldn't.
    I'm no expert at this, but when I looked at the link on my 11.1 system, it ended with a trailing "/" as you mentioned above. In fact, all of my update links do.

    When I looked at the directory on the download server it looked like this: oss/ So do all the other repo's I looked at.

    So why shouldn't the trailing "/" be there?

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Quote Originally Posted by gudewdl View Post
    So why shouldn't the trailing "/" be there?
    The programmer usually hides this from you, but if the trailing slash is on there, and the program itself adds a slash, the request gets transmitted as something like, "http://www.link.com//" <- note two slashes.

    I can't say for sure, but I guess whoever wrote that little section of the code for the updater (and the software installer -- I've had that problem there, too) just adds a trailing slash without checking to see if there's already one there.

    Technically, it's a bug, but not a serious one. Surprising how many people have been klonged by this one, though ... including yours truly!
    Last edited by smpoole7; 04-Feb-2009 at 23:02. Reason: To clarify my fevered expungifications

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Quote Originally Posted by smpoole7 View Post
    The programmer usually hides this from you, but if the trailing slash is on there, and the program itself adds a slash, the request gets transmitted as something like, "http://www.link.com//" <- note two slashes.

    I can't say for sure, but I guess whoever wrote that little section of the code for the updater (and the software installer -- I've had that problem there, too) just adds a trailing slash without checking to see if there's already one there.

    Technically, it's a bug, but not a serious one. Surprising how many people have been klonged by this one, though ... including yours truly!
    OK thanks. So should I (and everyone else) remove ALL the trailing "/" from the repo URLs?

    If the program is indeed adding yet another "/" making the URL end in "//", shouldn't EVERYONE have problems getting updates or does EVERYONE know to remove the trailing "/". I would not have known to do, let alone check, that.

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Quote Originally Posted by smpoole7 View Post
    The programmer usually hides this from you, but if the trailing slash is on there, and the program itself adds a slash, the request gets transmitted as something like, "http://www.link.com//" <- note two slashes.

    I can't say for sure, but I guess whoever wrote that little section of the code for the updater (and the software installer -- I've had that problem there, too) just adds a trailing slash without checking to see if there's already one there.

    Technically, it's a bug, but not a serious one. Surprising how many people have been klonged by this one, though ... including yours truly!
    OK I edited all my repo URLs - removed the trailing "/", did a refresh, which failed. I get Timeout exceed messages anytime I attempt to do anything with the Software Updater software, with or w/o the trailing "/". Gnome btw. Fresh retail (DVD) 11.1 install.

    Using FireFox I can get to and see what's in all the repo links w/no problems.

    Thinking it might be an issue with http download stuff (I'm dong this on my company net), I was able to download other HTTP stuff from the laptop sitting next to this workstation.

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    Default Re: Online Update autorefresh fails everytime

    Now I don't think it's a problem of slashes...

    I'm using GNOME right now and I confirm the same issue. However, it depends on the reliability of the wireless connection somehow. When I'm home with a slower wireless I get the connection time out message frequently, but when I'm at my university which has a faster and more reliable wireless I get the message only once in a while.

    On KDE my problem was weirder, because I could skip the autorefresh and still get to download updates without problem...

    I'm puzzled

    Andres

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