better support for local security update proxies

Corey Burger corey.burger at
Fri Aug 11 01:16:29 BST 2006

On 8/10/06, Jon Saints <saintsjd at> wrote:
> We are deploying more and more ubuntu machines at our
> University in Malawi.  Our internet connection is via
> satellite and is expensive so we are trying to be sure
> that ubuntu updates are done efficiently.
> Currently we are using apt-proxy to accomplish this,
> but we are not finding it to be very robust (routinely
> kills connection and doesn't do well when multiple
> machines connect at same time).
> Its not just those of us behind lowband internet
> connections that would find improved support for local
> security proxies useful. I think any large scale
> deployment of Ubuntu would be interested as well.
> Are there any development efforts within Ubuntu
> Community to improve support for local proxies for
> security updates that we might be able to get involved
> with? Or is improving apt-proxy the way to go?
> Thanks for your thoughts.
> Jon

There is a spec for this, called NetworkWideUpdates, which is exactly
that. It can be seen at:

There is an implementation of this being worked on right now:


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