[olug] apt-get performance issue

Noel Leistad noel at metc.net
Sat Mar 26 16:10:25 CDT 2016

The download has never been slow, it's a matter of reading the package 
lists once the files are downloaded. Not sure WHAT the package lists 
look like or if they require/cause network access during the process, 
just know that what takes 3-4 seconds on an i7 3.x Ghz 8G RAM takes 10+ 
minutes running on a Dual Xeon 2.8Ghz w/ 16G RAM.

IPv4 only, IPv6 disabled on the network.

On 3/25/2016 7:32 PM, Rob Townley wrote:
> Maybe run htop or atop or something to watch CPU usage during the slow
> part.
> 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
> repos.
> 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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