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APTonCD : Get APT anywhere, Create local removable repository of downloaded packages

Get APT anywhere

Have you ever felt that there is no life without APT? Well, if you’d suddenly lost conection to the internet, how would you install new packages? What about dependencies? You’ve just finished installing Ubuntu and configured it to a rad look, with all your favorite applications? For some reason you now have to re-install it? Feel like you have to download all of your favorite programs again? What? You’ve already forgotten which packages you had dowloaded before?

What is APTonCD?

APTonCD is a tool with a graphical interface which allows you to create one or more CDs or DVDs (you choose the type of media) with all of the packages you’ve downloaded via APT-GET or APTITUDE, creating a removable repository that you can use on other computers.
APTonCD will also allow you to automatically create media with all of your .deb packages located in one especific repository, so that you can install them into your computers without the need for an internet conection.

With APTonCD you be able to…

  • Backup: Backup all downloaded packages (via apt-get, aptitude and synaptic) to restore later.
  • Transport: Take with you all your favorite packages, in a removable repository where you can install then all on anytime, anytime.
  • Download: Get an entire repository, or a specifc section. Simply point-and-click, and in few time you’ll have an CD(s) or DVD(s) with entire main, restricted, universe, multiverse, contrib, etc.
  • Share: Share your packages with your friends without Internet conection. Also, send a meta-package for him to install the same set of packages that you have.

Get the latest version from here

Installation on ubuntu

APTonCD is availble in Ubuntu official repositories and could be installed easily by issuing the following command in the terminal window :

$ sudo apt-get install aptoncd

After above step is completed you could launch APTonCD from (System->Administration->APTonCD ) .

Now to create ISO of packages presently availble on your system press “Create” button or to “Restore” from already created ISO/CD/DVD press “Restore” button .

When you click on “Create” button it shows all the packages available which could be used to create the local repository ISO . You can remove packages from the list or add more from alternate locations in this list.

After you have finalized packages with which you want to create local repository ISO clicking on the “Burn” button takes you to window where you finally chose what kind of media you would like to burn these files onto CD/DVD and location where to store this ISO created.

Once CD/DVD/ISO is created packages from it can be easily installed by clicking on the “Restore” button of the APTonCD . “Restore” basically copies files from CD/DVD back to APT cache so that when you install any package using apt-get/aptitude they can be installed quickly without having to download those packages from the internet.

Overall APTonCD is an extremely useful application that could help you reinstall ubuntu easily without having to worry much about downloading all the packages again .

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