Provided by: approx_2.03_i386
approx - proxy server for Debian archive files
approx listens for HTTP requests made by apt-get(8). It maintains a
cache of Debian archive files that have been previously downloaded, so
that it can respond with a local copy when possible. If a file not in
the cache is requested, approx will download it from a remote Debian
repository and deliver the contents to the client, simultaneously
caching it for future use.
Over time, the approx server cache will grow to contain multiple,
unneeded versions of Debian packages. The gc_approx(8) program removes
these from the cache.
Run in the foreground instead of detaching as a daemon, and
print messages to standard error instead of the system log.
Display approx version information and exit.
By default, approx listens on port 9999 (for compatibility with
apt-cache(8)). Suppose that a client machine’s /etc/apt/sources.list
file contains the following lines:
deb http://apt:9999/debian testing main contrib
deb http://apt:9999/misc testing main
deb-src http://apt:9999/debian unstable main contrib
In this example, apt is the hostname of the approx server machine on
the local network. Each distribution, such as "debian" or "misc", is
mapped to a remote repository in the approx server’s configuration
For example, the approx.conf file on the approx server might contain
Configuration file for approx and gc_approx.
Cache directory for archive files.
approx.conf(5), gc_approx(8), apt-get(8), sources.list(5)
Eric Cooper <firstname.lastname@example.org>
January 2005 APPROX(8)