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I made a setup for development, and it downloaded a large set of .deb files. Now, I want to re-do this for a presentation, but I do not want to re-download the 400 files live. That would take too long. How can I get those files copied to /var/cache/apt and quickly reinstall them from local files. Will having the files locally avoid the download ?

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Yes, you can simply copy the files to the other machine and they will not need downloaded again. You might use scp to copy files over the network if you have an ssh server installed.

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