Copy upgrade packages to another machine.

NoOp glgxg at
Tue Jan 6 00:28:05 UTC 2009

On 01/04/2009 07:37 PM, James Cummings wrote:
> Hiya,
> I'm upgrading my parent's desktop machine from hardy heron to intrepid
> ibex.  Their connectivity is so poor that it is going to take
> something like 15 hours.  They also have a laptop they want to
> upgrade.  I've already started the upgrade off on the first machine,
> and then will do the laptop. My question is whether it is possible to
> copy the *.deb files in /var/cache/apt/archives to the same place on
> the laptop, and so not have to download them a second time.  I looked
> briefly at apt-cacher but it seemed quite complicated to set up,
> especially for a version upgrade.  An alternative would be if I could
> burn a DVD of the packages and somehow indicate it was the preferred
> source rather than the net for the upgrade?
> Any suggestions appreciated.
> -James

James, you would have saved yourself many hours if you would have had an
Alternate CD with you. You then can simply: 1) disconnect from the
internet (physically pull the cable), 2) insert the CD and hardy will
prompt you to update with the CD. When it asks you to also use the
internet (can't recall the exact terms in the dialog) you just answer no
and it will update from the CD. Afterwards you can reconnect to the net,
reboot, and obtain the rest of the updates from the internet.

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