Not all Ubuntu mirrors carry Contents-<arch>.gz

Bug #619659 reported by era on 2010-08-18
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apt-file (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: apt-file

apt-file assumes that the repositories in /etc/apt/sources.list ({.d/}) carry Contents-<arch>.gz files. This seems not to hold for all Ubuntu mirrors (whereas I gather all Debian mirrors do have this file).

Witness: bug #179899, bug #567895, bug #181312, bug #220396 (tangential)

Should apt-file in Ubuntu somehow know which mirrors do carry Contents-<arch>.gz files, and (silently?) skip the rest, and perhaps even substitute a "canonical" (sorry!) server if the user hasn't selected any server which has the required file?

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