Re: apt: how to avoid double downloads ?
Peter L. Schroeder said:
> What is a useful configuration in apt.conf and/or anywhere else
> to avoid downloading packages twice if I run
> apt-get first on one and then on the other box ?
Although it may not be the most correct way of doing it, here's what I did:
1) Have one machine share /var/cache/apt via NFS. NFS-mount it as the other
machine's /var/cache/apt. They're now sharing a local package cache.
2) After having dselect install packages, tell it not to delete the
downloaded packages. (If you're using apt-get directly, just don't call
I still have to download lists of available packages separately for each
machine, but that's pretty trivial, IMO.
When I go to install a package, it first looks in /var/cache/apt to see if
the package is already there, so it only gets downloaded by the first machine
to install it and the others grab the local copy. (Unless a new version has
become available, of course.)