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The Apt-P2P daemon runs automatically on startup and listens for requests from APT for files, as well as maintaining membership in a Distributed Hash Table (DHT). For any files which have a hash available (most files), peers that have the file are looked for in the DHT. The file can then be downloaded from them, using the uploading bandwidth of other peers while reducing the demand on the Debian mirror network. However, if a package can not be found on any peers, Apt-P2P will fall back to downloading from a mirror to ensure all packages are downloaded. Once downloaded, the file is hash checked and added to the DHT so that other peers can download it without the mirror.
The configuration is very simple, and only involves prepending 'localhost' and the port to your current sources.list lines (similar to other apt-proxy-like software).
Apt-P2P: a peer-to-peer proxy for apt downloads ### Goal Similar to DebTorrent, Apt-P2P will act as a proxy between apt requests and a debian repository server, downloading any requested files from peers (if possible), but falling back to a direct HTTP download. Unlike DebTorrent, Apt-P2P will be simple, efficient, and fast. : http://debtorrent.alioth.debian.org/ ### Features * Download more»
apt-p2p (0.1.3) unstable; urgency=low Port Forwarding It is VERY important that Apt-P2P's ports be reachable by other peers. This is needed both to share files with others, and to connect to others through the DHT to find peers for files. If you aren't accessible by others, you will not only not share anything, but your performance during downloading will be affected. Apt-P2P us more»
apt-p2p.conf(5) apt-p2p.conf(5) NAME apt-p2p.conf — configuration file for apt-p2p.conf DESCRIPTION Configuration information for apt-p2p.conf is searched for in the following order, with later entries overriding former ones: 1. /etc/apt-p2p/apt-p2p.conf 2. $HOME/.apt-p2p/apt-p2p.conf 3. th more»
apt-p2p(8) apt-p2p(8) NAME apt-p2p — ap more»
apt-p2p (0.1.6) unstable; urgency=low * Update for python-apt 0.8 API transition (Closes: #572078 more»
Rotate DNS entries for mirrors more reliably. Currently the mirrors are accessed by DNS name, which more»
This is the Debian GNU/Linux packaged version of apt-p2p The package is written and maintained by C more»