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    How disable automatic delete of packages in var/cache/apt/archives ?

    I have installed 2 text editor was more of 400 MB downloaded and after all content in var/cache/apt/archives was deleted.
    I wait avoid download again if reinstalling the system or installing in others computers.
    What command I need to disable that strange feature ? Unhappily Linux not has an mode to be more user friendly how windows does and is how Linux not care about it thus is hard for windows users switch of system.
    I had tried to use some text editor and the configuration is in text files instead gui, but wait are simple text editor !
    That is madness or love commnds at extreme. Linux is fast and etc. Have all for be the OS for any user, but unhappily ...
    In windows that feature will have an GUi option to avoid delete cache, but in Linux not have one GUI to help the user and is allways commands that after need figure pre commands to allow run.
    Much time to figure one detail that can be simple
    Thanks for any help.

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    Re: How disable automatic delete of packages in var/cache/apt/archives ?

    400MB for two text editors? When I try to install gedit, synaptic informs me that that's a 1MB download. Kate would be 35MB, as Xubuntu has limited overlap with kate. The package manager will tell you the size of the download before you start, so you can abort if you wish.

    What tool did you use to install them? I know that apt will by default remove the packages from cache, but I just verified that apt-get and synaptic don't. Both options seem reasonable. You're very unlikely to ever need those package files again, but at the same time, hard drive space is cheap.

    I don't know about Windows; I don't use it. Linux is made for Linux users, not for Windows users, and I think that most Linux users find it quite user friendly. Which is of course entirely subjective.

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    Re: How disable automatic delete of packages in var/cache/apt/archives ?

    You can make apt NOT keep packages with
    Code:
    sudo apt-get autoclean
    Does that look familiar? I don't know how to undo this

    This may help:
    https://linux.die.net/man/8/apt-get

    Seems to be the setting:
    Code:
    APT::Clean-Installed

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    Re: How disable automatic delete of packages in var/cache/apt/archives ?

    Use apt-get instead of apt, then they will stay.

    Also
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --download-only <program>
    Will download only,then you install.

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    Re: How disable automatic delete of packages in var/cache/apt/archives ?

    I'm sure there may be other ways to ensure all packages in cache are retained but maybe the easiest way is to use synaptic, which you'll have to install first, and in the Settings ->Preferences ->Files tab there is an option to choose whichever way you prefer to deal with all those files.

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    Re: How disable automatic delete of packages in var/cache/apt/archives ?

    The command to keep files is
    sudo apt install -d
    Thanks very much

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