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Re: Question about proxy servers for debian packages

On Mon, 30 Mar 2009 15:17 -0600, "Paul E Condon"
<pecondon@mesanetworks.net> wrote:
> I see in the aptitude package list three packages that are proxy
> servers specifically designed to proxy the package files from a Debian
> repository/mirror. There may be more than three. I didn't work very
> hard at searching. The three that I found are, apt-proxy, apt-cacher,
> and approx. 
> They all have very similar descriptions. All the descriptions say that
> their particular package is easy to set up and easy to use.  Some say
> they are easier than one of the other. Has anyone done comparisons of
> these against each other? What are the points on which they actually
> differ? Do the differences matter?  And, are there any other proxy
> servers for packages that I haven't found, and are worth while?

If I understood approx properly, it doesn't use package pools which
may not matter to you.  

I did try apt-proxy.  Worked well as far as caching newly downloaded 
packages but it did not import the existing cache 
(/var/cache/apt/archives).  Googling, I've found the problem isn't new, 
but it appears to be one the maintainer isn't interested in fixing.


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