apt - Reload Package List -> Downloading Translation... failed

20
2014-04
  • Chris Lercher

    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.

    Screenshot:

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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
    
  • Answers
  • RobinJ

    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.


  • Related Question

    packages - How can I remove the Translation entries in apt?
  • Thomas W.

    This is the output of aptitude update:

    Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty InRelease
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com natty InRelease
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable InRelease
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security InRelease
    Hit http://deb.torproject.org natty InRelease
    Get:1 http://dl.google.com stable Release.gpg [198 B]
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty InRelease
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates InRelease
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security Release.gpg
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security Release
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com natty Release
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com natty Release
    Get:2 http://dl.google.com stable Release [1,338 B]
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates Release.gpg
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/main Sources
    Hit http://archive.canonical.com natty/partner amd64 Packages
    Hit http://deb.torproject.org natty/main amd64 Packages
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com natty/main Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty Release
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted Sources
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe Sources
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse Sources
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/main amd64 Packages
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted amd64 Packages
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty/partner TranslationIndex
    Hit http://extras.ubuntu.com natty/main amd64 Packages
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com natty/main TranslationIndex
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe amd64 Packages
    Hit http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse amd64 Packages
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/main TranslationIndex
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse TranslationIndex
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted TranslationIndex
    Ign http://deb.torproject.org natty/main TranslationIndex
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe TranslationIndex
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates Release
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/main Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/main amd64 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted amd64 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe amd64 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse amd64 Packages
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/main TranslationIndex
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse TranslationIndex
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted TranslationIndex
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe TranslationIndex
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe Sources
    Get:3 http://dl.google.com stable/main amd64 Packages [469 B]
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main TranslationIndex
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse Sources
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main amd64 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted amd64 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe amd64 Packages
    Hit http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse amd64 Packages
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main TranslationIndex
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse TranslationIndex
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted TranslationIndex
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe TranslationIndex
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty/partner Translation-en_US
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://extras.ubuntu.com natty/main Translation-en
    Ign http://archive.canonical.com natty/partner Translation-en
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/main Translation-en
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/multiverse Translation-en
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign http://security.ubuntu.com natty-security/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty InRelease
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty InRelease
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty InRelease
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty InRelease
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty InRelease
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release.gpg
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en_US
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty Release
    Ign http://dl.google.com stable/main Translation-en
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main amd64 Packages
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main amd64 Packages
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main amd64 Packages
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main amd64 Packages
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Sources
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/main Translation-en
    Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main amd64 Packages
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main TranslationIndex
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/multiverse Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/main Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/multiverse Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/restricted Translation-en
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe Translation-en_US
    Ign http://us.archive.ubuntu.com natty-updates/universe Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en
    Ign http://archive.getdeb.net natty-getdeb InRelease
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://ppa.launchpad.net natty/main Translation-en
    Hit http://archive.getdeb.net natty-getdeb Release.gpg
    Hit http://archive.getdeb.net natty-getdeb Release
    Ign http://deb.torproject.org natty/main Translation-en_US
    Ign http://deb.torproject.org natty/main Translation-en
    Hit http://archive.getdeb.net natty-getdeb/apps amd64 Packages
    Ign http://archive.getdeb.net natty-getdeb/apps TranslationIndex
    Ign http://archive.getdeb.net natty-getdeb/apps Translation-en_US
    Ign http://archive.getdeb.net natty-getdeb/apps Translation-en
    Fetched 2,005 B in 45s (44 B/s)
    Reading package lists...
    

    Is there any way I can get rid of the Translation stuff? I'm tired of it resulting in tons of repository checks rather than it checking far less repositories (69 actual repos vs. 169 checks)


  • Related Answers
  • Tobu

    To disable downloading translations, create a file named /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99translations & put the following in it:

    Acquire::Languages "none";
    

    You may also need to remove existing translation files in /var/lib/apt/lists/

    For more information see the man page to apt.conf (5).

  • Erik

    Just for the record (since some will trip on this ..) the 99Translations file above will cause apt to barf - remove the "Packages: *" line - just the one line is enough:

    Acquire::Languages "none";
    

    Also, apt will still retrieve the files for your locale/language.

  • Gabriel

    Enable pipelining to batch these requests, which is much faster:

    Acquire::http { Pipeline-Depth "200"; }
    

    But in my experience it can result in broken downloads; http error codes seem to cascade or something. It should be safe enough if you are talking to apt-cacher-ng (either mirror mode or proxy mode). Otherwise, be prepared to disable it if your mirror breaks.

    I would advise against setting languages to none, because it breaks apt-cache search (none means none, when useful searches would need descriptions in at least one language). The locale-based default includes unnecessary regional variants, but something like this:

    Acquire::Languages { "fr"; "en"; };
    

    is reasonable.

  • Eliah Kagan

    Found this as I was searching for a solution too. Was a fresh install of Debian testing. The following command (as suggested above) fixed it:

    sudo rm -r /var/lib/apt/lists/*