I'm using cask and I usually reinstall all my packages every other day. Lately I have noticed a lot of Bad request responses from ELPA. I have to retry a few times before all the packages get fetched.

This is not a bug in Emacs-the-application, so the report-emacs-bug command seems like the wrong interface. Instead, I want to report a bug about the ELPA service.

Is there a way I can submit some kind of feedback to GNU ELPA about this?

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    Which ELPA are you referring? For Gnu ELPA, I guess you can M-x report-emacs-bug or use the emacs-devel mailing list.
    – xuchunyang
    Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 10:41
  • GNU Elpa. I have added the details. Hmmm, reporting a bug through the standard report doesn't sound like a good place... Maybe I will try the emacs-devel list.
    – caisah
    Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 14:43
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    Reporting a bug using report-emacs-bug is exactly the right thing. How is this not about reporting (what you think is) a bug? (But if you instead want to initiate a development discussion then emacs-devel is likely better.)
    – Drew
    Commented Mar 25, 2018 at 19:08
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    My thinking is that this is not an issue inside Emacs per se, but in an external service so filling a bug about it is somehow unrelated. Emacs can work perfectly without packages from ELPA. This is just an external addition. Anyway, thanks for the input.
    – caisah
    Commented Mar 26, 2018 at 4:44
  • Possibly related help-gnu-emacs thread, continued here. It probably would have been better suited to emacs-devel though.
    – npostavs
    Commented Mar 14, 2019 at 11:00

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These problems may come from your local Emacs or from the elpa.gnu.org server. The server is managed by a loosely defined group without a central contact point, but AFAIK they all read emacs-devel and/or the bug-gnu-emacs list, so you can bring up the issue on emacs-devel if you think the problem is on the server side or via M-x report-emacs-bug when you're not sure.

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