How to Set Up a Local Apt Cache for Ubuntu
Setting up a local cache is a smart idea if you’re going to be running a VM server, whether it be KVM, VirtualBox, or any other option really. I assume the same instructions will work with Debian, but I haven’t tried.
First up - install apt-cacher-ng.
apt-get install apt-cacher-ng
Add this to the bottom of your /etc/services:
apt-cacher 3142/tcp apt-cacher 3142/udp
Edit /etc/default/apt-cacher and set AUTOSTART to 1.
See this post in the ubuntu forums for more details.
Restart the service.
Bam! You should now have a fully working apt-cacher-ng service, which will make your updates a ton faster. It will also make it easier for you to bootstrap new VMs if you’re using vmbuilder.If you found this post helpful, please consider sharing to your network. I'm also available to help you be successful with your distributed systems! Please reach out if you're interested in working with me, and I'll be happy to schedule a free one-hour consultation.