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I have a VM running Ubuntu Server 9.10 running a basic web server setup. Whenever I run an apt function it will pause for around 1 minute at 'Waiting for headers...'. It will eventually clear through and continue as normal but it is a bit of an annoyance.

Everything else on the server seems to run fine. Any ideas?

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Have you tried using another mirror? Any additional repositories? –  andol Mar 7 '10 at 17:23
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Some repos have issues with http/1.1 pipelining.

Try adding the following to /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/piplining-off.conf:

Acquire::http::Pipeline-Depth "0";
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Brilliant!! added it and apt-get update works even better!! :D –  Aceth Feb 13 '12 at 22:44
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Try commenting out your multiverse and universe repos in your /etc/apt/sources.list

Then do a: apt-get clean all

then finally an: apt-get update

See if that clears it up some.

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Make sure your time & date is set correctly,

I had the same problem and fixed it with a simple ntpdate

Also, find out what it's doing by running sudo strace apt-get update

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