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Today, I entered the command

zypper ar http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/12.2/repo/oss/ repo-oss

I've used this command many, many times before. (In fact, when I say I "entered" this command, I really mean I ran a script I wrote for this purpose, because I got so fed up of needing to memorise the giant URL.) However, today all of a sudden, this URL doesn't appear to work any more. (!)

First, I had to disable IPv6 to stop the PC trying to connect via the server's IPv6 address (which obviously won't work). I've never had to do that before.

Second, Zypper now complains that the repomd.xml file doesn't exist. (More exactly, it complains that trying to access it timed out.) If I browse the server via HTTP, sure enough no such file appears. In fact, the server doesn't appear to match the layout that Zypper is expecting at all. (If I ignore the repomd.xml error, I get another message about another folder that's not there.)

I see two possibilities:

  1. Something I don't know about has changed at our end and is breaking this.

  2. OpenSUSE have actually done something to their servers which breaks the repo for everybody world-wide.

Option #2 sounds rather unlikely. But I'm not sure why else this commonly used command would suddenly stop working in such a spectacular fashion. Any hints?


OK, so this message has been here an hour now. Given the total lack of a chorus of people yelling "me too!", I think we can safely assume this is only broken for me. I will see if I can figure out what happened at my end...

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Maybe there was a problem. Check again later. You can also try asking at irc: en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:IRC_list –  choroba Aug 28 '13 at 18:57

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