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September 29th, 2008, 08:50 AM
I have installed the security updates for ubuntu from http://security.ubuntu.com........ but due to some reason I have to format my machine. Now I reinstalled ubuntu 7.10 64-bit (gutsy gibbon) and I have to download the security updates again. Last time I downloaded security updates it took 8hrs to download :(, as the internet speed is slow.

I have a faster internet available at some other location and machine which has windows xp. I want to know whether is it possible that I download the security and other repositories from this machine, copy and install them on my ubuntu. If yes, how????

September 29th, 2008, 09:01 AM
You could use the "generate package download script" in synaptic. See here (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Synaptic/PackageDownloadScript)

September 29th, 2008, 09:08 AM
If you are updating between releases, you could just download the latest ISO, burn it to a CD, and use that to update the computer. I recommend the alternate install CD for this.

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/ with .torrent links

Just update from CD-Rom

apt-cdrom add
aptitude update

Hopefully that does what you need.

You will probably want to remove the CD line from his apt repositories (/etc/apt/sources.list) after the update.

November 12th, 2008, 02:24 PM
The update manager is in startup and it notifies me of updates whenever I connect to internet. So I don't know what all updates it had downloaded on a fresh gutsy gibbon installation.

Now since I have already downloaded all the required packages, hence the synaptic generated script won't contain the packages/downloads that I will require if I have to reinstall the Ubuntu.

In short I want some way so that next time I reinstall Ubunutu I need not to download the updates from net. This can be possible if I backup the packages which are there downloaded by my current installation.

Or an alternate way is to get the packages/repositories from a windows machine having faster internet connection.

But the question is how???

November 13th, 2008, 12:35 AM
You can use the 'generate package download script' to get your machine up-to-date with all the current updates then you can use aptoncd (http://aptoncd.sourceforge.net/)to make a copy of all your installed packages and use it next time you reinstall.