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speed it up: axel and apt-fast

Unixmen says you can Make apt-get Installations and Upgrades 26x faster with apt-fast. apt-fast is a script from Matt Parnell that uses axel, a download utility that speeds things up with multiple connections and similar tricks.

axel is in the repositories so a simple ‘apt-get install axel’ should make it available.

You can download from Parnell’s website or you can do the ppa thing (as from Unixmen)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tldm217/
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install apt-fast

It looks like will take care of the sudo bit and, as Parnell suggests, could be adapted to your particular needs if you have familiarity with bash scripting. Otherwise, the ppa with its updates might be most convenient.

It does seem to speed things up a bit except a current upgrade effort hit a stoppage – network or machine unknown. gkrellm is reporting eth0 speeds around 150K where the standard apt-get usually runs about 50k on this 1 Mb/s cable I’net connection.

This is one of those things that might make upgrades more convenient but can be set aside and not used if ‘old style’ or other method is desired for one or two shots.

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