[olug] apt-get performance issue

Rob Townley rob.townley at gmail.com
Fri Mar 25 19:32:37 CDT 2016

Maybe run htop or atop or something to watch CPU usage during the slow

If the download is still slow, did IPv6 get enabled on your internet
connection?  IPv4 has been much faster and reliable when it comes to Ubuntu

If still slow over IPv4, check out the apt-fast package:

Apt-Fast is a shellscript wrapper for apt-get and aptitude that can
> drastically improve apt download times by downloading packages in parallel,
> with multiple connections per package.
> Apt-fast is a frontend for apt-get to accelerate the upgrade of the system
> and download the package from the network, and thus reduce the time
> required for their installation. The speed increase is achieved due to the
> use of download managers axel and aria2 who download the requested file in
> multiple threads, and take it from several mirrors.

On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 10:26 PM, Rthines81 <rthines81 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'd check the package server address and find one closer.  That's fixed
> slow updates for me before.  Can use the one that is for your mint if it's
> the based on the same version of Ubuntu your using.
> Sent from my iPhone
> > On Mar 22, 2016, at 10:07 AM, Noel Leistad <noel at metc.net> wrote:
> >
> > I recently got an Ubuntu LTS system as an appliance at work. Since I was
> learning the apt-* tools for that device, I converted my desktop to
> LinuxMint.
> >
> > On the appliance, doing apt-get update goes pretty well until I get to
> "Reading package lists..."
> >
> > This part of the process can take up to 10 minutes or more. On my Linux
> Mint desktop, it's QUICK, (under 4 seconds).
> >
> > Anyone ever experience anything similar? Might I have done something to
> inflict this on myself?
> >
> > TIA.
> >
> > --
> > Noel Leistad
> >
> >
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