apt-cacher in main

Fabian Rodriguez magicfab at ubuntu.com
Wed Nov 14 15:47:50 UTC 2007

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I'd like to propose moving apt-cacher to main. I haven't done main
inclusion reports before so bear with me while I dive into this :)

Description: caching proxy system for Debian package and source files

 Apt-cacher performs caching of .deb and source packages which have been
 downloaded by local users. It is most useful for local area networks
with slow
 internet uplink.

I have used apt-cacher in many different scenarios and I believe it is
a good candidate for inclusion in main. During my work at Canonical as
a systems support analyst there have been a few occasions when
customer would have benefited of having official support for this too.

I checked security vulnerabilities and it seems there is only one back
in 2005, fixed within hours of being reported:

The package seems well maintained, see:

I also think this would be a good candidate to have on the LiveCD
installer and/or the Server CD installer images, as in many scenarios
CDs are used for a first install and then other PCs in the same LAN
could use that first install apt-cacher to save tremendously on
bandwidth - a common situation outside high-bandwidth areas.

I'd like to hear opinions on this, I already put the unedited main
inclusion report template in but I wanted to start the discussion here
before going any further. I also aim to get apt-cacher approved in the
server package review: https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ServerPackageReview .

Thank you,

Fabián Rodríguez - Ubuntu Quebec Local Community team contact
Montreal, QC, Canada

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