You could mirror the nearest debian's ftp mirror, make your box an internal ftp server, with proftpd for example.
next, on the other boxes, you do an apt-config where you set your source as a ftp server, obviously yours... et voilà !
----- Original Message -----
From: Giacomo Mulas <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: security debian <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, February 13, 2001 11:41 AM
Subject: Re: sources.list
> On Sat, 10 Feb 2001, Duane Powers wrote:
> > I have a question - I have a dozen boxen that I am maintaining, all with
> > Debian ( almost all potato - one woody) I would like to save bandwidth
> > and centralize administration by utilizing one of the boxes as a apt-get
> > source. then I can apt-get update ; apt-get dist-upgrade ; done, on one
> > box, and save all the .deb's then use those .deb's for the other boxen
> > without actually mirroring the whole debian site.
> Here is one way to do it:
> - install a web proxy (e.g. squid) on one of your computers
> - direct apt to go through the proxy (you need to add one line to the apt
> configuration file, I don't quite remember the syntax but you will find it
> in the man page)
> In this way, the first box you upgrade will cause the proxy server to
> download the packages, all the subsequent ones will get the cached file.