[Techtalk] Debian apt and dpkg help, FIXED KDE works yay

Mary mary-linuxchix at puzzling.org
Tue Aug 26 08:02:31 EST 2003

On Mon, Aug 25, 2003, Carla Schroder wrote:
> I'd like to point out, for the benefit of my fellow Debian newbies,
> that apt-get dist-upgrade first downloads all the necessary packages.
> Then it installs them. The downloaded packages go into
> /var/cache/apt/archives. This is good to know if you're on a slow
> connection; my KDE adventures required 110 megabytes of download- over
> dialup. Not something I want to do a lot! So the downloaded packages
> can be backed up, in case things really go haywire.

Another thing Debian will do (unless things get really messed up, I
suppose) is keep them there forever. It's worth running "apt-get
autoclean" every so often, which means "remove all the copies of
packages (or versions of packages) that I still have cached that are out
of date".


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