09 January 2012

44. Apt-cache server on LAN on debian

Apt-caching allows you to share updates between different computers and, what is more important, allows you to update a machine that is not directly connected to the internet, but which can access a computer which is.

I've added almost nothing new to this post: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=564301

Ergo, all glory to 'coolen'. My only contribution, and a very small one at that, is showing a solution for a system, with a switch rather than a router.

Anyway, here's my reproduction of the prescribed method. I've changed almost nothing. The main purposes for reproducing the approach here are 1) so that I can remember it myself and 2) so that other people get independent verification that the method does indeed work.

The server ip address in the example is set to

On server:
sudo apt-get install apt-cacher-ng
sudo vim /etc/services (or sudo nano, gksu gedit etc.)

(I had a whole lot of stuff in my /etc/services)

apt-cacher   3142/tcp    #apt-cacher-ng service
apt-cacher   3142/udp   #apt-cacher-ng service

'coolen' adds AUTOSTART=1 to /etc/default/apt-cacher-ng
As far as I understand that's not necessary.

sudo /etc/init.d/apt-cacher-ng start

Make sure that your firewall is not blocking connections to port 3142 (e.g. configure gufw).

On client:

To turn on:
sudo vim /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/01proxy
Acquire::http::Proxy "";

Do sudo apt-get update and you're done

(If you want to go back to the default repos, turn off  by changing to
Aquire::http::Proxy "http://";)

(I basically looked at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Apt-Cacher-Server)

sudo vim /etc/apt/sources.list

If your sources.list file currently looks like this:
deb ftp://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ testing main contrib non-free
deb ftp://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ stable main contrib non-free
deb ftp://ftp.au.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

change it so that it looks like this:

deb testing main contrib non-free
deb stable main contrib non-free
deb unstable main contrib non-free

Do sudo apt-get update and you're done.

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