Re: Use apt to form a partial local mirror of Slink -- how?
Mark Phillips <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I have installed Slink on my desktop using apt.... Now I have a
> laptop which needs to be upgraded to Slink. It would appear that
> I'm going to have to download all these files again!
The simplest way to avoid multiple downloads is to use a caching
proxy (for example, with Apache's mod_proxy) with a sufficiently
large cache. Then, subsequent requests will be fetched from the
apt already knows how to use HTTP proxies (just set your http_proxy
environment variable appropriately).
* The only downside is if you fetch Debian packages from multiple
mirrors. In that case, a simple proxy cache configuration will wind
up downloading and caching a package multiple times if you fetch the
same package from multiple mirrors. If this concerns you,
Apache::Gateway can be used to fix this problem by implementing what
is effectively a URN-hierarchy for the Debian packages.