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 http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty main restricted

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates main restricted

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates universe

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty multiverse
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-updates multiverse

deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security main restricted
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security main restricted
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security universe
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security universe
deb http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security multiverse
deb-src http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ natty-security multiverse

deb http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu natty partner
deb-src http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu natty partner

deb http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu natty main
deb-src http://extras.ubuntu.com/ubuntu 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. Aug 1, 2011 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. Aug 2, 2011 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? Aug 3, 2011 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 Aug 10, 2011 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.) Aug 10, 2011 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.

  • 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). Aug 15, 2011 at 9:41

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