[apt-get experts] long delayed, partial downloads keep resetting

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 22 23:00:42 UTC 2009

On 06/22/2009 09:31 AM, Oli D wrote:
> That's it, I think I described every step I made or so.
> Not matter what, I won't blog it or whatnot as I don't have any
> blog/website or anything and am not convinced my method would actually
> work for others (some parts are rather patchy).
> Nota: Still trying to figure how to have get those partial downloads
> to stop resetting btw.
> Regards,
> Vhann

For some reason gmail users end up starting new threads whenever they
reply, so I've pasted your reply back into this thread in attempt to
keep it together.

Thanks very much for the detailed explaination! Regarding partial
downloads, I still don't know the answer but perhaps some of these might
help you sort it out.

/* This file is an index of all APT configuration directives. It should
   NOT actually be used as a real config file, though it is (except for
the last line) a completely valid file. Most of the options have sane
default values, unless you have specific needs you should NOT include
arbitrary items in a custom configuration.

Perhaps creating an /etc/apt/apt.conf file and using some of the
examples in the '// Options for the downloading routines' might work.
For example; I use the following for limit my download bandwidth
(oposite issue of your dialup):

$ cat /etc/apt/apt.conf
// Options for limiting Update Manager download speeds
Queue-Mode "access";       // host|access
Dl-Limit "100";        // 100Kb/sec maximum download rate

Regarding maxage (from your original);
'/etc/apt/apt.conf.d/25adept-archive-limits.save' shows these:

APT::Archives::MaxAge "30";
APT::Archives::MinAge "2";
APT::Archives::MaxSize "500";

So I don't think MaxAge is what you are looking for, perhaps MinAge?

$ ls /etc/apt/apt.conf.d
00trustcdrom  10periodic      25adept-archive-limits.save
01autoremove  15update-stamp  50unattended-upgrades
01ubuntu      20archive       70debconf
05aptitude    20archive.save  90debsums

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