[clug] Debian/Ubuntu package caching

steve jenkin sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au
Thu Dec 16 14:19:32 MST 2010

I'm trying to work out a reasonable system for Keith to overcome the
problems he sees with 'apt-get update;apt-get upgrade' on dial-up.

He has access to high-speed links at friends or Libraries, but his
system is not connected there (other people's computers).

Is there a simple way to specify the files to be downloaded??

[Like create a webpage on his home Ubuntu system of a set of links to
the files to be downloaded. Copy this to a flash drive. Go the the
access point and fetch the files manually & save to the flash.
Then copy them to his Ubuntu system and somehow make the APT system
(apt-cache?) aware of them...]

Alternatively, could a friend (like moi), who has a compatible system,
run something that updates a portable disk drive??
[Or update a spare system identically configured, and give that to him.
But I don't know how to push the Packages.gz file or newly downloaded
apt-packages to another system]

I don't want to clone/rsync the whole Ubuntu or Debian repository, but
want to definitely cache all the packages he needs :-)

This being Canberra where lots of interesting things happen, I reckon
someone has done pretty much this, so I don't want to be re-inventing
the wheel.

Thanks in Advance.

[And Merry Christmas to you all! I really enjoyed the Frisbee in the
park last week.]


Steve Jenkin, Info Tech, Systems and Design Specialist.
0412 786 915 (+61 412 786 915)
PO Box 48, Kippax ACT 2615, AUSTRALIA

sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au http://members.tip.net.au/~sjenkin

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