[ubuntu-za] (THANKS) ARE .DEB FILES NECESSARY?
cmschoonbee at mweb.co.za
Fri Jan 2 09:25:01 GMT 2009
James Cuénod wrote:
>> Possibly a 'Master" backup disk kept in a safe place & added to from
>> time to
>> time might be the answer?
> Bearing in mind, of course, that there are regular updates to almost everything so what I do is just leave the cache and whenever I feel the need to format (an old M$ habit) I back it up and restore it. That way what needs to be downloaded when I update is downloaded but what I've got cached that can be used is not. Of course my file storage habits mean that every now and then I completely lose that stuff and this allows me to not keep old outdated packages... It all works wonderfully. :D
> Happy new year all.
I also find it useful to keep the downloaded update deb packages. But
especially for a LTS release like 8.04, these can pile up. When you
download an update for a particular package, you no longer need any
previous updates that were downloaded for that package. Harddrive
space is no problem but I often copy the debs on to a USB stick to
update other computers. So when the cache starts becoming too unwieldy
for my USB stick I just clean out the old (no longer needed) packages
using the command:
sudo apt-get autoclean
Do NOT use the different command
sudo apt-get clean
unless you want to clean out ALL the debs in your cache.
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