Debian – Install package proxy using apt-cacher

apt-cacher-ngWhen dealing with lots of Debian installs (or a Debian network), using a package proxy can save you a lot of bandwidth and time. Apt-cacher is a nice little feature that will store your packages. So every time you download the same package on a different machine (or same, or any) it will get it from your local proxy instead of the internet. Here is how you enable it.

apt-get install apt-cacher

Check your allowed_hosts configuration in /etc/apt-cacher/apt-cacher.conf
A * allow everything. More info is in the config file.

service apt-cacher restart to apply the changes in the config.

That’s it for the proxy. Now you need to change your “guests” to use the proxy.

vim /etc/apt/apt.conf
Acquire::http::Proxy “”;

And then run apt-get update

If you are doing a new install, enter this when asked for proxy:

Happy installing!

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