Whatever happened to apt-sync?

Evan eapache at gmail.com
Sat Jun 28 17:17:28 UTC 2008

On Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 5:33 AM, Felix Feyertag <felix.feyertag at gmail.com>

> In 2006 I participated in summer of code to implement this, the project
> website is:
> https://launchpad.net/apt-sync
> The code is functional and I'm using it successfully on my home computer
> (usually saving around 50-90% on minor updates and 30% on a dist-upgrade),
> however I do not have resources available to distribute aptsync files, so
> it's not possible for me to perform any wide-scale testing.
> The issue is:
> AptSync requires a repository of `.aptsync' files to be stored server-side.
> These .aptsync files store control information about each file in the actual
> Ubuntu repository.
> To host such a repository, the following would be required:
>  * Local access to a complete and up-to-date Ubuntu mirror
>  * The ability to run `aptsyncmake' (Python) to construct .aptsync files
> for every file in the mirror
>  * Webspace to store the repository. A rough estimate of space required is
> 50-100MB, and it need not be stored in the original repository tree (or even
> on the same server)
> If anyone has the above resources and would be willing to help me get this
> project into swing, then I'd be happy to hear!
> Alternatively, I've been toying with the idea of setting up a mechanism to
> automatically create and distribute aptsync files via peer-to-peer.
> Felix
If the code is functional, shouldn't this be pushed to Ubuntu to be used by
their repositories? Or would the CPU drain for aptsyncmake on that many
packages be too much?
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