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I don't seem to get apt to work on a KVM in a Ubuntu 9.04 box. The virtual machine is an Ubuntu server.

Network does seem to work (I can ping and attempt ssh connections, for instance), but running apt-get update just gives "E: Method http has died unexpectedly!" when it tries to fetch jaunty-security Release.gpg.

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Much as I appreciate you dumping this at serverfault, you'd probably do well by sending it to the kvm-devel mailinglist and / or the kvm bugzilla as well. Sounds like a serious issue! – wzzrd Sep 30 '09 at 19:51
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Your first step is to run:

# strace -efile,network -f apt-get update

And see what happens when it dies.

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strace is not installed, how do I get it without apt-get in a terminal window? – Marko Poutiainen Aug 7 '09 at 13:03
go to, find the package, download it by hand and then run dpkg -i strace_1.2.3-4_amd64.deb – David Pashley Aug 7 '09 at 23:20

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