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apt-get stopped working for me. It resolves to an IP address, but then does not connect to that address. I can ping that IP address and can also do a wget on the IP address and successfully download the page. I am connecting through a proxy, which is working fine for everything. apt-get has worked before, but stopped recently (I'm not the only one that uses the box, so not sure what could have changed).

Any ideas?


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About what time period are we talking? I see timeouts every now and then but such phases don't last long (couple of minutes tops). Have you tried different mirrors (gksu software-properties-gtkDownload from:)? – htorque Jun 1 '11 at 13:26
Do other mirrors work? Does the problem persist over a long period of time (several days)? – Gilles Jun 1 '11 at 21:05
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I have solved a similar problem editing /etc/apt/apt.conf (if not exist, you can create it)

adding, with sudo,

Acquire::http::Proxy "http://username:password@proxyip:proxyport/";

quotes and semicolon included.

I'm on Lucid.

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