A few useful Ubuntu utilities - getlibs & apt-fast

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  1. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    I've written a tutorial introducing two useful unofficial package management utilities for Ubuntu, getlibs that automatically solves dependencies for 32-bit programs on 64-bit systems and apt-fast, which speeds up apt-get updates by using multiple connections to the repository. Enjoy.

    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/ubuntu-utils.html


    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  2. katio

    katio Guest

    Thanks, you are busy as a bee lately :=)

    Did you ever look into debdelta?
    http://debdelta.debian.net/

    I think it works with Debian mirrors (they serve a gz.diff file), no idea how it would work in Ubuntu. Never used it. But yum deltas are pretty awesome if you are on a slow network (or live in Australia and increasingly other countries who meter your internet).
     
  3. tlu

    tlu Guest

    Thanks, Mrk! I had heard of apt-fast before, and your tutorial might encourage me to try it now.

    Just a short side note: You write "Seemingly, the system package manager, aptitude, should be able to do this on its own." However, the official Ubuntu package manager is actually apt-get - and that's what you use in your examples. This might confuse newbies a bit ...
     
  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Ah, true. I'll make it simpler to understand, as the tutorial points to apt-cache, apt-get, and aptitude. Thanks!
    Mrk
     
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