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Re: Installing/updating packages are very slow

On 26/10/2014, Curt <curty@free.fr> wrote:
> On 2014-10-25, Bret Busby <bret.busby@gmail.com> wrote:
>> which, from my understanding of a previous post or web page, relating
>> to Debian 6 LTS, is what is supposed to be in that file, to have
>> Debian 6 LTS updating as it should.
> What I see here
> https://wiki.debian.org/LTS/Using
> doesn't seem to correspond with your sources.list file.

Just out of interest, whilst the then problem, appears to have
disappeared, the content of the sources.list file entries, is I think,
based on
http://www.howtoforge.com/how-to-get-lts-updates-for-debian-6-squeeze ;

How To Get LTS updates for Debian 6 (Squeeze)
Version 1.0
Author: Till Brehm<t [dot] brehm [at] howtoforge [dot] com>
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Last edited 2014-07-01

Debian Squeeze (6.0) is the so named "Old Stable" branch of Debian,
the official support for this version ended in april 2014. Squeze is
still used on many servers, so a group of Debian developers decided to
provide security patches for a longer timespan for this release. These
so called LTS updates (LTS = Long Term Support) are not available on
the normal Debian update repository and not every user might be aware
that he wont get these updates automatically. The following short
guide explains how to enable the LTS repository and install the

Add the new repository
Open the sources.list file with an editor:

vi /etc/apt/sources.list

and add the following 2 lines at the end of the /etc/apt/sources.list file:

deb http://ftp.de.debian.org/debian squeeze-lts main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.debian.net/debian/ squeeze-lts main contrib non-free

Please note: The updates are only provided for the i386 and amd64 architectures.

Installation of updates
The updates are then installed as usual with apt. Run these commands
to update the packagelist and install the updates:

apt-get update
apt-get upgrade

Not all packages will get security updates. To run a check if
unsupported packages are installed on your Server, install the new
package "debian-security-support".

apt-get install debian-security-support

A check if unsupprted packages are installed is run every time a
package gets installed. You can run the test manually with:


Bret Busby
West Australia

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 you'll know what the answer means."
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 Chapter 28 of Book 1 of
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