Apt clean up failing?

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Have you gone to long before cleaning up the local apt cache and freeing up space in /var?
Is your attempt at cleaning house in your local apt cache failing like this?:
booooxen:/var/lib# aptitude clean
Reading package lists... Error!
E: Dynamic MMap ran out of room

You can try to up the limit here:
APT::Cache-Limit 50000000;

(add it to /etc/apt/apt.conf (or some sorta file called):
on Debian