Create & maintain local Kubuntu repository

Discussion in 'Technical' started by JoeAquilina, May 4, 2012.

  1. JoeAquilina

    JoeAquilina HowtoForge Supporter

    I am new to this forum so apologies in advance if this is posted in the wrong place.

    At my workplace, we have 2 servers running Debian 6 and have another 8 machines running Kubuntu, mostly 11.10 and about to upgrade to 12.04 LTS. Most are 64 bit machines but one is a 32 bit machine (it is infrequently used to control a scientific instrument, and is overdue for an upgrade).

    What I would like to be able to do is to setup a local repository for Kubuntu and upgrade all the Kbuntu machines from that. I have installed apt-mirror and started playing with that. However I am still quite new to Linux and am not confident of getting it right.

    Is there any how-to here at HowtoForge on just how to achieve the setup of a local repository on one of our machines, not necessarily using apt-mirror; perhaps there is some other suitable tool, and then reconfiguring all the other computers to us that local repository?

    Is it possible for the repository to include both the i-386 and amd64 architecture files or do I need two separate repositories for that? If the latter, how then do I use them both? I am guessing a more comprehensive sources.list file would do the trick.

    Also is it possible for a local repository to be only a subset of the full distro based on the software we use here or does it have to be the full distro? If so, how do I restrict the repository to just the subset I want?

    Thanks in advance to those more knowledgeable than me. Any advice is very welcome.


    Joe Aquilina
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator

  3. JoeAquilina

    JoeAquilina HowtoForge Supporter


    Thanks for the reply. I did do a search here but didn't go back far enough it seems.

    With the help of your article, I have now got my local repository setup and our updates are running smoothly from that.

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