I have everything configured correctly, but when I try to tell rug to do something it just sits there?
This is actually a really interesting problem, try checking to see if your clock is correctly set. I give credit to my friend Jeff for figuring this one out.
There are packages that appear in channels, but they actually don't exist in the filesystem?
Try rebuilding the packageinfo file for that channel. If that doesn't work try searching the database for the package in question and see if it's supposed to be there. You may have accidentally added packages to the wrong channel and quit add process. Torque may have added the package to the database, but not the filesystem. If that's the case then just delete the package.
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