Installing Ubuntu on Dial Up connection

Asked by batanga

I have Ubuntu 8.04 running well on my pc at home using braodband connection. I want to install Ubuntu 8.04 onto a second pc I have at another location which only has access to a dial up connection. I know from installing and updating my original installation on broadband it takes a long time to download all the updates and this will be much slower on a dial up connection. Does anyone know of a way I can update all the files on my dial up pc without using the dial up download method. Basically can I download the updates on my broadband pc, burn the updates to cd then install Ubuntu on the dial up pc then apply the updates from the cd to the dial up pc. Maybe there's even a simpler method. Any help would be appreciated as the dial up connection is not only slow but unreliable too.

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Ela Inoelloc (ela-inoelloc) said :

If you yet have the packages on your PC you can find it in your apt cache: see here /var/cache/apt/archives

Then you can copy it in a CD and install it in the other PC.

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batanga (ian-cairns) said :

Thanks for your reply.

So, from what you have said all I need to do is copy the archive folder including all it's files to a CD. Then when I have installed Ubuntu to my second pc I add the archive folder to /var/cache/apt on the second pc. Then I'll have the same set up on my second pc. Is that correct.

Sorry to ask what might be obvious questions but I'm fairly new to Linux.

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Tom (tom6) said :

I'm not sure that would work. I think you'd have to use apt-get and make the cd drive one of your repositories. In Synaptic Package Manager i think it's easy. Go up to the top taskbar and click on

System - Adminitration - Synaptic is near the end

it asks for your normal user password, not your SuperUser/Root one. When it opens click on

Tools - Repositories

and then just tick the box that says "CD". I think that's all there is to it but i'm not sure. Oh and then click on the "refresh", "Mark All Updates" and finally "Apply" buttons

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Best Andy Ferguson (teknostatik) said :

Yes it's possible.

Have a look at and

Both of these methods should enable you to do what you require.



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batanga (ian-cairns) said :

Thanks Andy Ferguson, that solved my question.

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batanga (ian-cairns) said :

Thanks everyone for your help. i'm sure I can now do what I need.

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Tom (tom6) said :

You're welcome. Nicely done :)

Regards from
Tom :)