Re: /var/cache/apt/archives directory
It's a silly question but i don't know where to ask. What's the use
of all the files in the /var/cache/apt/archives directory. They all
seem to be debs of any package that i have installed in my comp.
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They are the actual debs you downloaded for installation. If you ever
have tried to re-install a package, you probably noticed that it didn't
need to be downloaded again. It is a local "cache" of debs you have
installed. This "cache" can get to be quite large, as there is no
automatic cleaning of it, and it will continue to build as new upgrades
Most of the time, I just get rid of them with a periodic "apt-get clean"
or "apt-get autoclean" to free up the disk space for other uses. You
might want to read the MAN page for apt-get and become familiar with
these two commands and their differences. My need to access these debs
is so infrequent, that I can afford to re-download it if & when needed.
I have a broadband conection here and I can get a complete new install
in a couple of hours. When I was on a slower (28K) dial-up, I tended to
keep them around because the download times were quit long for some of