copying *.deb files into /var/cache/apt/archives ?

Adam Funk a24061 at
Wed Jul 28 14:53:57 UTC 2010

On 2010-07-28, Amedee Van Gasse (ub) wrote:

> On Tue, July 27, 2010 14:46, Adam Funk wrote:
>> If I do a distribution upgrade on my machine at work, then copy the
>> /var/cache/apt/archives/*.deb files onto a USB hard drive, take it
>> home, and copy them into /var/cache/apt/archives there (where the
>> network connection is much slower), would the distribution upgrade
>> successfully pick them up (to save downloading time)?
> Provided that both machines are the same architecture (for example both
> are x86) then yes, this will work.
> In fact, it is a well known and accepted procedure in Debian and Ubuntu to
> put /var/cache/apt/archives on an NFS share, if you have:
> * a local network with lots of similar machines
> * fast local network connection
> * slow internet connection
> * one machine with direct internet connection that always stays on.
> One step further would be to run an apt proxy, but that would be outside
> the scope of your question.
> In any case, you can apply the "download once, install anywhere" strategy,
> for machines with the same arch.

Thanks!  (Yes, they are the same architecture.)

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