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I am running into trouble installing smart-mode-line and ox-hugo. I use M-x list-packages, select package I want with I, and then execute with X.

The error in Messages buffer looks like:

Contacting host: melpa.milkbox.net:80
Parsing tar file...
Warning: premature EOF parsing tar file
package-untar-buffer: Package does not untar cleanly into directory smart-mode-line-20190527.1156/

But, I didn't have a problem updating org package.

I tried this with Emacs 26.3 and 27.1.1 (both from emacsformacosx.com) on macOS.

The problem is similar to one reported here almost a year ago.

Any suggestions please?

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I was just now able to install that package, so everything seem fine to me. However, I notice that you've configured Emacs to contact melpa.milkbox.net. That url was replaced with just melpa.org about five years ago. You'll probably want to revise your configuration:

(add-to-list 'package-archives '("melpa" . "https://melpa.org/packages/") t)
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  • Terrific! Thank you so much, that solved the problem. I was scraping together my init.el file from various blogs.... lord knows what other dilapidated settings I have. Onward --- and generally upward --- until the next speed bump. – Raj Aug 18 at 20:59
  • That's the spirit! – db48x Aug 18 at 21:09

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