[ubuntu-uk] value of /var/cache/apt/archives ?

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Thu Dec 21 18:53:11 GMT 2006

alan c wrote:
> Neil Greenwood wrote:
>> On 20/12/06, alan c <aeclist at candt.waitrose.com> wrote:
>>> Alan Pope wrote:
>>> > I think the reason you are failing is because you are making an incorrect assumption
>>> > about how apt/dpkg work.
>>> >
>>> > You don't just point apt at a bunch of debs and expect it to install them, it doesn't
>>> > work like that. You *could* point dpkg at a directory of debs and see if it can install
>>> > them - hoping you still have all necessary dependancies (which you probably should).
>>> >
>>> > Apt requires a repository which consists of pools of directories sorted alphabetically,
>>> > and other files which index those pools. The easiest way to explain it is to go and have
>>> > a look at a repository.
>>> >
>>> > http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/
>>> > http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/
>>> > http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/ - contains all the packages
>>> > http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/dapper/ - for example contains the indexes of
>>> > the packages in the pool.
>>> >
>>> > I would recommend you use one of the tools recommended, apt-move, apt-mirror, debmirror
>>> > and so on.
>>> thanks I will change direction slightly
>> There's a project called APTonCD, that does exactly what you want.
>> Try looking at http://linuxhelp.blogspot.com/2006/11/aptoncd-create-backup-of-all-packages.html
>> for an introduction.
>> I haven't used the project, just spotted it and stored a link...
> Well spotted, Thanks!

It certainly seems to work for ubuntu and kubuntu dapper. I had to 
ensure that both make and gcc were previously installed.

Aptoncd appeared automagically in ubuntu menu, but in kubuntu I had to 
edit the kmenu manually.

A CD image is created easily and quickly.

I am not totally convinced that the cd images created are equivalent 
to the updates which happen up to that date, and would like to somehow 
confirm this or test it somehow.

As I learn more about apt update I guess I will be able to make a 
better assessment.

It certainly seems like the app I am looking for.

alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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