OLPC repository problems causing yum to time out

rihoward1 at gmail.com rihoward1 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 5 13:26:41 EDT 2009

I was helping an XO user to resolve a problem with yum failing on her  
After trying it on my XO I discovered that the OLPC  repositories are  
not responding. Hence yum errors out with a  timeout.
I can fix this for he,r but that leaves the problem out there for all  
the hundreds of thousand other XOs.
  Is this just a temporary outage?  If not could a dummy responder be  
set up to prevent the yum time out, as this is a difficult problem  
for naive users to deal with.

[olpc at xo-4B-CF-4C yum.repos.d]$ su -c 'yum list gajim'
updates-newkey                                                     |  
2.3 kB     00:00
primary.sqlite.bz2                                                 |  
4.1 MB     00:26
fedora                                                             |  
2.4 kB     00:00
primary.sqlite.bz2                                                 |  
6.1 MB     00:41
repomd.xml: [Errno 12] Timeout: <urlopen error timed out>
Trying other mirror.
Error: Cannot retrieve repository metadata (repomd.xml) for  
repository: olpc_development. Please verify its path and try again
[olpc at xo-4B-CF-4C yum.repos.d]$ 
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