[GRLUG] Hash Sum Mismatch

Bob Kline bob.kline at gmail.com
Wed Jan 16 21:19:39 EST 2008

I installed Kubuntu 7.10 on a new
machine, and started to install some
packages using apt-get.  Seems most
to everything I asked for got the
response "insert system media," or words
to that effect, and then I invariably would
get "Hash Sum Mismatch."

Looking on the web,  I discover this is a
common problem.  One solution was
something like:

Patient:  Doctor, it hurts when I do this.

Doctor:  Don't do that.

In this case the suggestion was to comment
out the line in /etc/apt/sources.list having to
do with the CDROM.

That did in fact cure most of what was ailing
things, but it still seems like a bug, cured by
what M$ would call a patch.

Anyone know in any detail what "Hash Sum
Mismatch" is saying?  It sounds like a corrupt
DVD, but then the OS appears to have installed
without problems.

I have no particular desire to get to the CDROM,
because the newest stuff will not be there, but I'd
still like to have a better idea what is going on.

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