Cannot update software: "Error determining the latest version" [FIXED]

Hi, I hope you can help me. One of my kiwis currently fails to update as it cannot "determine the latest version". Here are the specs.

The setup:


Debian 8.5 Debian Image 2016-05-13

Linux kiwisdr 4.4.9-ti-r25 #1 SMP Thu May 5 23:08:13 UTC 2016 armv7l GNU/Linux

-bash: lsb_release: command not found


Under the Update tab, after clicking on the "Check now" button:

Installed version: v1.515, built Apr 30 2022 18:01:27

Error determining the latest version -- check log

The log says,

--- LOG ---

Wed Jun 22 13:09:12 00:00:00.425  L KiwiSDR v1.515 --------------------------------------------------------------------

Wed Jun 22 13:09:12 00:00:00.430  L compiled: Apr 30 2022 17:54:01 on kiwisdr

Wed Jun 22 13:09:12 00:00:00.433  L -debian 8

Wed Jun 22 13:09:12 00:00:00.435  L /etc/debian_version 8.5


Wed Jun 22 16:59:50 03:50:38.714 ........         L UPDATE: force update check by admin

Wed Jun 22 16:59:50 03:50:38.717 ........         L UPDATE: checking for updates

Wed Jun 22 16:59:56 03:50:43.847 ........           UPDATE: fetch origin status=0x00008000

Wed Jun 22 16:59:56 03:50:43.985 ........         L UPDATE: Makefile fetch error, no Internet access? status=0x00008000 WIFEXITED=1 WEXITSTATUS=128

Wed Jun 22 16:59:56 03:50:43.988 ........           task update_task:P3:T003((1000.000 msec) TaskSleep) exited by returning

--- LOG ---

The internet access is OK as it can be accessed and used normally.

I appreciate any help to get this fixed. My other kiwi still works fine with updates.

73 Jari


  • edited June 22

    What is the output of the "route" command?

    It should look something like

    Destination    Gateway        Genmask        Flags Metric Ref   Use Iface

    default        UG   0     0       0 eth0  U    0     0       0 usb1  U    0     0       0 usb0  U    0     0       0 eth0 UH   0     0       0 eth0

    If the default is missing the address of your router, add it back in manually with (in this case)

    "route add default gw eth0"

  • Thanks for the reply! The route command returns,

    root@kiwisdr:~# route

    Kernel IP routing table

    Destination    Gateway        Genmask        Flags Metric Ref   Use Iface

    default        elisa.home        UG   0     0       0 eth0

    link-local     *        U    1000  0       0 eth0    *      U    0     0       0 eth0    *     U    0     0       0 usb0

    The default gw is, and the command

    route add default gw eth0

    will return "SIOCADDRT: File exists".

  • edited June 22

    OK the default gateway is there so can you do two ping tests, one to your gateway as it shows in the route table and one to the software repository

    1. "ping -c 3 elisa.home"
    2. "ping -c 3"

  • TNX! I think the Internet connection is good as I can listen to this kiwi through the Internet. These pings return the following,

    root@kiwisdr:~# ping -c 3 elisa.home

    PING elisa.home ( 56(84) bytes of data.

    64 bytes from elisa.home ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=64 time=6.60 ms

    64 bytes from elisa.home ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=64 time=8.06 ms

    64 bytes from elisa.home ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=64 time=6.59 ms

    --- elisa.home ping statistics ---

    3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2002ms

    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 6.592/7.087/8.069/0.694 ms

    root@kiwisdr:~# ping -c 3

    PING ( 56(84) bytes of data.

    64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=51.6 ms

    64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=45.6 ms

    64 bytes from ( icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=44.5 ms

    --- ping statistics ---

    3 packets transmitted, 3 received, 0% packet loss, time 2000ms

    rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 44.557/47.259/51.608/3.105 ms

  • OK see the thread - Post

    As it says "Stop if there are any errors with those commands and let us know what they are. We're looking for git or filesystem problems here."

  • Thanks, that was a very good pointer! Updating the system...

  • edited June 22

    OK good, there have been a couple of route or ISP network issues recently so that has to be tested/working before doing the actions in that post.

    Next time I might just link to that post, as long as the user is OK with entering the commands exactly, and reporting errors, it should cover it.

  • jpejpe
    edited June 22

    I followed the instructions in the thread you shared. I received similar error messages as result from the 'gpu' command. So, I followed the sequence of commands that fetched the most recent version and compiled it. That process took quite a while but finally everything was fine!

    Thanks again for the valuable pointer! 😃

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