Friday, December 3, 2010

How to speed up the downloading of updates and new packages with apt-Fast In Ubuntu

In the days of dial-up internet, it was natural to hundreds of programs that promised to download files faster. The operation was rather simple: they opened up multiple connections to the server (or multiple servers, if a file housed in several Mirrors) And each lowered a small piece of the file, putting it all together in the end.

Today, that solution seems silly, since we're used to faster connections and download times and smaller and smaller.

What if you could use this same logic to download the packages via apt-get, making updates and installing new programs were made much more quickly? It proposes that the apt-fast, a simple script that speeds up to 26x speed downloads via apt!


The script is really magical, I did a test right after install with 26MB of updates and the process was completed in a few seconds. Fortunately, the installation in Ubuntu is quite simple, with only three commands. In Terminal, execute the following commands (pressing ENTER after each line):

  • sudo apt-add-ppa repository: tldm217/tahutek.net
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install apt-fast
And voila! Now try to update Ubuntu and see the difference.
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1 comments:

Should this procedure:

sudo apt-add-ppa repository: tldm217/tahutek.net
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast

needs to be typed/copied on the terminal before updating or once run its automatic that download speed will be fast.

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