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I am trying to set up an apt repository.

This repository is actually replacing one that already exists and is functioning fine. I can't manage to install a package from this repo.

In my /etc/apt/sources.list, I have the line:

deb http://mirror.cs50.net/appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386 /

An apt-get update goes through perfectly fine. But then something like apt-get install appliance50 (a package in that repo) gives me:

Err http://mirror.cs50.net/appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/  appliance50 2014-0
  404  Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://mirror.cs50.net/appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/./appliance50_2014-0_i386.deb  404  Not Found

E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?

But then copying that URL into a browser downloads the file just fine! Is there some fundamental step that I'm missing? Does it have to do something with the fact that this server is redirecting the request to S3?

Edit:

Here's the output of "sudo apt-get -o Debug::Acquire::Http=true install appliance50", per the comment:

root@ubuntu:~# sudo apt-get -o Debug::Acquire::Http=true install appliance50
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
  apt-clone archdetect-deb cifs-utils dmraid dpkg-repack
  gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1 gir1.2-json-1.0 gir1.2-timezonemap-1.0
  gir1.2-xkl-1.0 kpartx kpartx-boot libdebian-installer4
  libdevmapper-event1.02.1 libdmraid1.0.0.rc16 libldb1 libntdb1 libtalloc2
  libtevent0 libtimezonemap1 libwbclient0 localechooser-data lvm2 lzma
  python-crypto python-ldb python-ntdb python-samba python-talloc python-tdb
  python3-icu python3-pam rdate samba-common samba-common-bin samba-libs
  watershed
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following packages will be upgraded:
  appliance50
1 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 1,205 kB of archives.
After this operation, 4,096 B of additional disk space will be used.
0% [Working]GET /appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/./appliance50_2014-0_i386.deb HTTP/1.1
Host: mirror.cs50.net
User-Agent: Debian APT-HTTP/1.3 (1.0.1ubuntu2)


HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Cache-control: no-cache="set-cookie"
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 14:23:53 GMT
Server: Apache
Set-Cookie: AWSELB=27CBB9F102866AACDE415904FB505399868B9DB4E22AC5183099E4BEEC583EF1DFA3B6E45DCB1D708481F98DC786A644C763A900F7898475BA865AD219D4E4F1F157545837;PATH=/;MAX-AGE=3600
Content-Length: 0
Connection: keep-alive

Err http://mirror.cs50.net/appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/  appliance50 2014-0
  404  Not Found
E: Failed to fetch http://mirror.cs50.net/appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/./appliance50_2014-0_i386.deb  404  Not Found

E: Unable to fetch some archives, maybe run apt-get update or try with --fix-missing?
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It's a bug on apt-get, that is not sending the correct GET headers, so the server answers with 404.

For example, telnet to the server mirror.cs50.net at port 80 (HTTP), and enter the following (emulating an apt-get request):

GET /appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/./appliance50_2014-0_i386.deb HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Debian APT-HTTP/1.3 (1.0.1ubuntu2)
Host: mirror.cs50.net
Accept: */*

Then you will see the following:

telnet mirror.cs50.net 80
Trying 54.84.6.206...
Connected to mirror.cs50.net.
Escape character is '^]'.
GET /appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/./appliance50_2014-0_i386.deb HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: Debian APT-HTTP/1.3 (1.0.1ubuntu2)
Host: mirror.cs50.net
Accept: */*

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Cache-control: no-cache="set-cookie"
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:31:01 GMT
Server: Apache
Set-Cookie: AWSELB=27CBB9F102866AACDE415904FB505399868B9DB4E22AC5183099E4BEEC583EF1DFA3B6E45DFCB95EFBFF7B8F8F555126DCFFF8A461898475BA865AD219D4E4F1F157545837;PATH=/;MAX-AGE=3600
Content-Length: 0
Connection: keep-alive

If we leave out the dot (/./) in the GET request, then the request responds with a redirect, i.e. 302, which is correct.

GET /appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/appliance50_2014-0_i386.deb HTTP/1.1
Host: mirror.cs50.net
User-Agent: Debian APT-HTTP/1.3 (1.0.1ubuntu2)

HTTP/1.1 302 Found
Cache-control: no-cache="set-cookie"
Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 19:03:27 GMT
Location: http://dkui3cmikz357.cloudfront.net/appliance50/2014/debs/dists/trusty/main/binary-i386/appliance50_2014-0_i386.deb
Server: Apache
Set-Cookie: AWSELB=27CBB9F102866AACDE415904FB505399868B9DB4E22AC5183099E4BEEC583EF1DFA3B6E45DFCB95EFBFF7B8F8F555126DCFFF8A461898475BA865AD219D4E4F1F157545837;PATH=/;MAX-AGE=3600
Content-Length: 0
Connection: keep-alive

I've checkd this out with other mirrors and they report the same:

Trying 64.50.233.100...
Connected to ftp-nyc.osuosl.org.
Escape character is '^]'.
GET /debian/pool/main/e/./efivar_0.10-5_i386.deb HTTP/1.1         
Host: ftp-nyc.osuosl.org
User-Agent: Debian APT-HTTP/1.3 (1.0.6)

HTTP/1.1 404 Not Found
Date: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 18:47:03 GMT
Server: Apache
Content-Length: 307
Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
<html><head>
<title>404 Not Found</title>
</head><body>
<h1>Not Found</h1>
<p>The requested URL /debian/pool/main/e/efivar_0.10-5_i386.deb was not found on this server.</p>
<hr>
<address>Apache Server at ftp-nyc.osuosl.org Port 80</address>
</body></html>
Connection closed by foreign host.

You should include in your bug report that apt-get should strip the get headers of the dot-n-slash.

  • So much time spent on this. Thanks so much! – Rob Bowden Aug 4 '14 at 19:27

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