apt-proxy - A proxy for saving bandwidth to Debian servers
apt-proxy [options] [logfile]
apt-proxy is a python program designed to be run as an stand alone
server via twistd, and provides a clean, caching, intelligent proxy for
apt-get, which speaks HTTP to apt-get clients, and http, ftp, rsync or
file to the backend server(s). apt-proxy listens by default on port
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Configuration file. This defaults to
Once apt-proxy is configured on a host SERVER, users then edit their
sources.list file to point to the proxy (which uses the http protocol
to serve clients), like so:
deb http://SERVER:9999/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://SERVER:9999/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb http://aptproxy:9999/security stable/updates main contrib non-free
What path should be specified after the server name and port number
depends on the configuration of apt-proxy (which can restrict paths and
send different paths to different servers). See SERVER CONFIGURATION
Note that you can also use the nicknames ‘unstable’, ‘frozen’ etc, but
Packages/Sources files may get duplicated, so it is best to use either
the symbolic or the code name and stick with it.
See apt-proxy.conf(5) for details of how to set up apt-proxy to use
backends near to you.
Process priority is set in /etc/default/apt-proxy
CARE AND FEEDING OF MIRRORS
apt-proxy reduces the bandwidth requirements of Debian mirrors by
restricting the frequency of Packages, Releases and Sources file
updates from the back end and only doing a single fetch for any file,
how ever many users request it from the proxy.
/etc/apt-proxy/apt-proxy.conf or /etc/apt-proxy/apt-proxy-v2.conf and
Packages are not compressed using gzip --rsyncable, which gives a 30%
reduction in bytes transferred for binary packages, and much greater
for source and other packages.
apt-proxy v2 was written by Manuel Estrada Sainz and is maintained by
Otavio Salvador and Chris Halls.