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When using Synaptic with Ubuntu 11.04, it always tries to download lots of translation repositories, but the calls fail. This hasn't happened for me with earlier versions of Ubuntu. It's pretty annoying, because this often causes the package list reloading to take quite some time.

When reloading the packages with aptitude, the situation is similar: There, it doesn't "fail", but it prints [IGNORED] for each of them.

There's no special "Translations" entry in my /etc/apt/sources.list.


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My /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb natty main restricted
deb-src natty main restricted

deb natty-updates main restricted
deb-src natty-updates main restricted

deb natty universe
deb-src natty universe
deb natty-updates universe
deb-src natty-updates universe

deb natty multiverse
deb-src natty multiverse
deb natty-updates multiverse
deb-src natty-updates multiverse

deb natty-security main restricted
deb-src natty-security main restricted
deb natty-security universe
deb-src natty-security universe
deb natty-security multiverse
deb-src natty-security multiverse

deb natty partner
deb-src natty partner

deb natty main
deb-src natty main
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I guess this simply means your package list is up-to-date, and there is no need to download it again. Apt uses some magic checksums to determine whether there is need to download the package list, and otherwise it ignores it. This is likely, for the translations are rarely updated. –  Rafał Cieślak Aug 1 '11 at 17:40
@rafalcieslak: Ok interesting, could be the case. But the lookup process often takes very long, and I don't actually need or want any translations. –  Chris Lercher Aug 2 '11 at 19:43
Sometimes it may take some time, depending on your internet connection. But it is anyway shorter than as if it was actually downloading the translation package lists. Did you try using another mirror? –  Rafał Cieślak Aug 3 '11 at 8:12
@chris-lercher : Can you please put answer your question and mark it as answered. It is as per the AskUbuntu community policies –  Manish Sinha Aug 10 '11 at 8:38
@Manish: I would, if I had an answer... (rafalcieslak posted a comment, but as he says, this is only a guess. This is perfectly fine for a comment, but not something I will accept as an answer.) –  Chris Lercher Aug 10 '11 at 9:26

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I think this is normal, as it happened to me every time I update the package lists. And I've used Ubuntu since 2007. Probably it just means nothing has changed and that it does not have to download a new list.

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Ok, I actually haven't seen this with older versions of Ubuntu (I'm also a long time user, though I admit that I made a little "pause" in 2009/2010). –  Chris Lercher Aug 15 '11 at 9:41

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