On the machine you want to act as a server install the tool with:
sudo apt-get install squid-deb-proxy
Now start the service bits:
sudo start squid-deb-proxy
This will install the proxy server (which listens to port 8000 by default) and the tools needed for the server to advertise itself on your network via zeroconf.
On each of the computers that you want to use the cache (the clients, and the server itself so it can use the cache too), you need to install the client side tool that let's apt look for the server automatically, have them click here:
or via command line:
sudo apt-get install squid-deb-proxy-client
Optional: For maximum efficiency you should set one machine to automatically download updates, so that when your other machines need it it's already in the cache.
By default the cache is set up to only cache official Ubuntu repositories. To add more you need to add them to the list of sources at:
This is where you can add ppa.launchpad.net, or other services you might use. After making changes to this file, you must run sudo restart squid-deb-proxy in order for the changes to be effective.
My own file of additional sources is as follows:
# /etc/squid-deb-proxy/mirror-dstdomain.acl.d/10-default # # network destinations that are allowed by this cache # linux distro archives .linuxmint.com uberstudent.net archive.ubuntustudio.org repo.linuxliteos.com packages.medibuntu.org # Medibuntu repository no longer exits ... permit Internet DNS error # launchpad personal package archives ppa.launchpad.net # system & development package archives .mate-desktop.org download.bitdefender.com download.virtualbox.org dlc-cdn.sun.com download.opensuse.org nginx.org dl.hhvm.com # additional mirror domains mega.nz mega.co.nz linux.dropbox.com deb.torproject.org dl.google.com deb.opera.com repo.steampowered.com archive.getdeb.net mirrors.dotsrc.org
Note: If a source starts with a dot (.), then all sub-domains for that source are included. If a source does not start with a dot, then only the sub-domain listed is included in the .deb sources.
First tail the log on the server so you can look at it:
sudo tail -F /var/log/squid-deb-proxy/access.log
Then run an update on any machine that has the client installed; the log should start to scroll with entries like this:
1307310795.647 32 192.168.1.106 TCP_MISS/302 768 GET http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty-proposed/universe/i18n/Translation-en.xz - DIRECT/126.96.36.199 text/html 1307310795.683 34 192.168.1.106 TCP_MISS/302 752 GET http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/main/i18n/Translation-en_US.lzma - DIRECT/188.8.131.52 text/html 1307310795.716 32 192.168.1.106 TCP_MISS/302 746 GET http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/main/i18n/Translation-en.lzma - DIRECT/184.108.40.206 text/html 1307310795.750 32 192.168.1.106 TCP_MISS/302 764 GET http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/multiverse/i18n/Translation-en_US.lzma - DIRECT/220.127.116.11 text/html 1307310795.784 32 192.168.1.106 TCP_MISS/302 758 GET http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/dists/natty/multiverse/i18n/Translation-en.lzma - DIRECT/18.104.22.168 text/html 1307310795.817 32 192.168.1.106 TCP_MISS/404 657 GET http://us.archive.ubuntu.com/dists/natty-proposed/multiverse/i18n/Translation-en_US.xz - DIRECT/22.214.171.124 text/html
Which means the clients see the cache but are missing it, which is expected since it hasn't cached anything yet. Each subsequent run should show up as TCP_HIT.
You can find the squid cache files themselves in: /var/cache/squid-deb-proxy
From then on all the machines on your network will check the cache before hitting the outside network to fetch packages. If there are new packages available then the first machine will download it from the net, after that subsequent requests for that package will come from the server to the clients.
We still need to enable apt to just use an advertised cache on the network out of the box and by default so you don't need to install the client piece. We also need to fix the bug that 403's deb's not in the mirror list.