[maemo-users] Application Manager - Refresh application list

From: Ryan Abel rabelg5 at gmail.com
Date: Mon Jun 30 22:03:21 EEST 2008
On Jun 30, 2008, at 2:39 PM, Mark wrote:

> On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 12:26 PM, Denis Dimick <dgdimick at gmail.com>  
> wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 30, 2008 at 12:21 PM, Mark <wolfmane at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> The "Refresh application list" function of Application Manager
>>> invariably stalls before completion, and I have to cancel and try at
>>> least 3 times, often more, before it finally successfully completes.
>>> I've tried just letting it go to see if it will resume, but it will
>>> sit for hours without any change. Does anybody else experience this?
>>> Mark
>> If you just let it sit there, it should finally fail and tell you  
>> what
>> repository's failed.
>> Or use apt-get update from the command line and see what errors out.
>> HtH,
>> Denis
> But that's not very graceful, and why should the whole process fail
> just because of a temporary issue with one repository? It should go
> ahead and refresh all the others so that updates and installs can
> proceed. When it's done, it could then say "Packages on such-and-such
> repository could not be accessed or updated because the server didn't
> respond" or some such message so the user knows that not necessarily
> all available updates have been made.

It does this already. . . .

> I've only had it give up and give me a message a few times. Most of
> the time it sits there so long that there's really no point in waiting
> - it's far quicker to just cancel and try again, even several times.

Yes, the apt timeout is long and not very smart. See https://bugs.maemo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=3208

> Going to a terminal kinda defeats the whole purpose of a GUI app
> manager, especially for a touchscreen device that doesn't have a real
> keyboard. It also doesn't allow you to select apps from a list - you
> have to already know what you want.

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