I'm running Emacs 26.3 on Linux Mint 20. I am using paradox, but this also happens when I use the vanilla Emacs packages interface.

When I call list-packages, the Paradox Menu section of the mode line just says "Loading', and the little progress indicator keeps going, but it never completes. I have a bunch of different package archives enabled, but I commented them all out and re-enabled them one by one, and it's only melpa that causes the problem. Even melpa-stable works.

Anybody encountered this? Any troubleshooting steps to try?

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Figured it out two minutes after posting.

In case it helps somebody else, the problem was that I had an outdated URL for the melpa package archive in my init.el. Perhaps there had been a redirect in place that caused it to function up until recently.

For posterity, the correct value was available here: Melpa: Getting Started. As of July 2020, it was https://melpa.org/packages/. (For the curious, I had http://melpa.milkbox.net/packages/.)

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    For me, I had the new address but was using HTTP. Seems to be disabled now.
    – dmvianna
    Commented Aug 27, 2020 at 23:20

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