Bug#403584: RFH: apt-cacher -- caching proxy system for Debian package and source files
I request assistance with maintaining the apt-cacher package. It needs a
Perl coder with sufficient knowledge about network programming and HTTP
protocol AND lots of spare time to test the fixes.
And/Or help developing or rewritting the incomplete designated
successor, apt-cacher-ng (currently C++ with some sugar).
The package description is:
Apt-cacher performs caching of .deb and source packages which have been
downloaded by local users. It is most useful for local area networks with slow
When a package is requested, the cache checks whether it already has the
expected version, in which case it sends the package to the user immediately.
If not, it downloads the package while streaming it to the user at the same
time. A local copy is then kept for use by other users.
Apt-cacher has been optimized for best utilization of network bandwith and
efficiency even on slow low-memory servers. Multiple ways of installation are
possible: as a stand-alone HTTP server, as a daemon executed by inetd or as a
CGI program. The client machines are configured by changing APT's proxy
configuration or modification of access URLs in sources.list.
The package includes utilities to clean the cache (removing obsolete package
files), to generate usage reports and import existing package files.
Experimental features include a simple package checksum verification framework
and pre-fetching of new packages (upgrade candidates).
Apt-cacher can be used as a replacement for apt-proxy, with no need to modify
clients' /etc/apt/sources.list files (and even reusing its config and cached
data), or as an alternative to approx.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: testing/unstable
APT prefers unstable
APT policy: (990, 'unstable')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/bash
Kernel: Linux 188.8.131.52
Locale: LANG=de_DE.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=de_DE.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)