IPs banned from ubuntu.com, canonical.com, launchpad.net

Asked by Douglas Lucas

I've caused some trouble here by accident -- really really sorry! Let me explain.

I run a live-boot system. So every time I power on -- about 1-3 times a day -- I run an install script; have been doing that for at least two months. It turns out, totally my fault, that I haven't quite figured out how to, after I would download .DEBs for packages such as ubuntu-restricted-extras, install them from my internal drive into the root file system (i.e. the liveboot OS). (I'm not sure if a --prefix flag is needed, or how exactly /usr/lib works, and so on.)

In order to circumvent my lack of knowledge, I've just been apt-get install'ing packages such as ubuntu-restricted-extras with the script. The script hasn't changed much... So then yesterday I notice my home and workplace (a computer repair shop!) IP addresses are banned from ubuntu.com, canonical.com, and launchpad.net! I totally understand now why this looks like a DOS attack and that I shouldn't be overloading your servers with these automated apt-get installs. (I did confirm my device -can- reach the three destinations from other IPs.)

Is there any way I could get these two IPs unbanned? Is there someone to whom I could email the addresses?

I'll immediately figure out how to install off my drive rather than through apt-get. Then, as I understand it, I'd only be hitting the servers every so often to upgrade the packages. If I could get a walkthrough for how to do this with the ubuntu-restricted-extras package or maybe xlockmore, it would really help as well. I think it would be 1) download the .deb or tarball for the package onto my internal hard drive, 2) install it from the internal drive into the root file system (how? I'm guessing Ubuntu Software Center could do it pretty easily from a deb, but knowing how to do it from terminal would be great...a prefix flag maybe?), 3) periodically manually download a newer .deb or tarball, or what would be great would be to somehow be able to use "apt-get upgrade" to scan my internal hard drive...

Thanks so much for any help. I'm really sorry for causing trouble for your servers!!!

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

I suggest you contact the guys in #freenode on irc.freenode.net

Its not a genuine DOS attack so it's cool. I'm sure it can be cleaned up. If you install a lot then I recommend you make a local repo (assuming you have space) so that you can download all the packages once then install multiple times to your own systems from that, this not only uses your web connection less but you will also get faster package installs. It also means that minimal installs run FAST :)

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Max Bowsher (maxb) said :

@actionparsnip: Did you really mean to recommend #freenode ? Presumably you meant to write #launchpad .

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Yeah, sorry :)

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