[ubuntu-in] LAN repository from DVDs

Dibyajyoti Mohapatra dibyam at vubites.com
Thu Dec 24 17:38:10 GMT 2009

Thanks a lot Sambit & Nandan.

True. I have tried apt-mirror earlier and it has worked absolutely fine for
me. Now I am facing problem with apt-cacher and normal apt-get install on a
default installation.

I will try the other suggestions and let you know after the holidays end :-)


On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 4:12 PM, Nandan Marathe <nrmarathe at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Wed, Dec 23, 2009 at 11:50 PM, Dibyajyoti Mohapatra <dibyam at vubites.com
> > wrote:
>> Thanks a lot Sanjay. I did follow the steps which are pretty straight
>> forward and I am able to use my LAN repository now. But the problem that led
>> me to order DVDs and create local repository has not been resolved. Whenever
>> I try to do apt-get install, it takes ages to install a software. The normal
>> download speed at my place is about 40-50 kbps but when I do "apt-get
>> install" it slows down to B p/s(Bytes per second).
> Have you given the utility to find the fastest mirror from your host a try?
> I think you should. Just use System-> Admin -> Software Sources -> Other
> server -> Select best server.
>  For me it generally pics some server from southeast asia, even though
> there exists one for asia. Also, in most cases I use the universal ubuntu
> server as it also gives decent speed generally.
> Also, jfyi, I was also able to successfully create a local repository of
> packages (but that was back in gutsy) using apt-mirror, and it worked
> fantastically fast (except the part that you initially had to dwld the whole
> repository) :)
> - Nandan
>> The download with apt starts with the maximum speed but it gradually slows
>> down. I thought the local repository will be faster but it disappointed me,
>> the fact now is apt  is MUCH MORE SLOWER downloading stuff from local
>> repository than it used to be while fetching packages from internet.
>> Anyone faced such problems where apt slows down to bytes per second? Any
>> solutions?
>> @Sanjay: I will surely create an updated how to and post it across :)
>> Thanks,
>> --Dipu
>> On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 5:00 AM, Sanjay Bhangar <sanjaybhangar at gmail.com>wrote:
>>> Dibyajoti,
>>> On Sun, Dec 20, 2009 at 2:26 AM, Dibyajyoti Mohapatra <
>>> dibyam at vubites.com> wrote:
>>>> Dear All,
>>>> I just bought a set of DVDs of complete repository of ubuntu 8.04 Hardy
>>>> from an online vendor(Zyxware). Now I want to use them to set up a local
>>>> repository similar to apt-mirror without downloading the whole stuff.
>>>> I googled and found many guides which are either about creating a
>>>> repository on local machine or downloading and configuring a local mirror.
>>>> http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...&postcount=243
>>>> The above link is very close to my need but I don't know how to turn the
>>>> same into a local NETWORK mirror so that other machines on my LAN can use
>>>> the repository.
>>>> I have used apt-cacher in the past to do something similar and it worked
>>> like a charm. There's a HOWTO here:
>>> http://www.debuntu.org/how-to-set-up-a-repository-cache-with-apt-cacher. You basically install apt-cacher on the server machine, use the
>>> import.pl script (described on page 2 of the HOWTO), import all the
>>> packages from your repository dvds, change the sources.list file on all the
>>> client machines, and you should be good to go. The added advantage of this
>>> is that when any machine on the network gets a new package or updates an
>>> existing package, the same will be available to all other machines on the
>>> network locally, without having to fetch it from the internet.
>>> I hope that helps, and I hope you can post an updated howto once you have
>>> this setup :)
>>> all the best,
>>> Sanjay
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