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    New apt-proxy supports HTTP/FTP backends too
    Submitted by haggai on Thursday, April 04, 2002 – 17:35
    The latest version of apt-proxy has been released and uploaded to ‘unstable’. This new version supports the use of HTTP and FTP backends as well as the previously supported RSYNC. It also now features an import utility so you can import packages from yoru current cache
    apt-proxy is a program that sits between Debian machines and the internet, downloading files as required and caching them for further use just as any other proxy cache. At the same time, it automatically builds up a partial mirror of the archives it has been configured to use and maintains that mirror according to a set of configurable parameters. For more information, see
    http://apt-proxy.sourceforge.net.

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    Subject: Re: New apt-proxy supports HTTP/FTP backends too
    Author: Anonymous
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/05 – 15:39
    Woohoo ! the rsync servers were getting really slow. I’d much rather use ftp.
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    Subject: HTTP for .debs and rsync for Packages.gz
    Author: haggai
    Date: Friday, 2002/04/05 – 20:05
    As you say, HTTP is faster than rsync for file transfers, and kinder to the backend servers, too. But you still get a big benefit from rsyncing the Packages files. apt-proxy actually rsyncs the uncompressed Packages file, which reduces the size of the download considerably
    There is a feature that allows you to use a different backend server just to get the control files by prefixing the line with ‘+’. You can then use HTTP for packages and rsync for control files:

    add_backend /main/ $APT_PROXY_CACHE/main/
    http://server/debian/
    +server::debian/

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