how to stop cron apt from using all my dialup bandwidth

Antony Gelberg antony at
Sun Apr 2 21:39:53 UTC 2006

golfer wrote:
> What's the best way to disable /etc/cron.daily/apt so it doesn't take
> all my dialup bandwidth when I need it most?  I have a bunch of
> sources in /etc/apt/sources.list, and cron apt just took all my
> bandwidth for about 14 minutes to update them.  I prefer to do my
> updates manually when I'm not doing other web work.  As I scan
> cron.daily/apt, it's not obvious how I can regain contol.  For now, I
> just 'chmod -x /etc/cron.daily/apt', but this shouldn't be necessary.
> I'm running a daily updated dapper-devel version.

How about aptitude purge cron-apt?

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