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the size of apt-get update lists is too big

In Ubuntu 12.04, the following packages are fetched every time I run sudo apt-get update. Dear ubuntu Experts please tell me how to stop this.

ranjeet@ubuntu:~$ sudo apt-get update
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Fetched 19.2 MB in 8min 59s (35.5 kB/s)  
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marked as duplicate by jokerdino, 8128, Gilles, fossfreedom May 30 '12 at 8:15

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edit: Question is edited so answering this

create shell script as,

gksudo gedit /usr/bin/update-apt

paste below script in gedit, get file name XXXX and XXX from /var/lib/apt/lists/ as commented in script ( those files will be having larger size in my case for natty 9 and 28 MB).

#!/bin/bash
sudo touch /var/lib/apt/lists/XXXX # XXXX means full name of file ending with '_main_binary-i386_Packages'
sudo touch /var/lib/apt/lists/XXX # XXX means full name of file ending with '_universe_binary-i386_Packages'
sudo apt-get update

give execution permission

sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/update-apt

now whenever you want to sudo apt-get update try update-apt.

you've done it.



this answer was given for first unedited question

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Hit Alt+F2 and run software-properties-gtk. or open Software Sources

Just uncheck

 Canonical-supported Open Source software (main)
 Community-maintained open Source software (universe)

then hit close then hit reload

thats it.

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keep in mind that you won't get notified for latest updates. –  virpara May 28 '12 at 14:30
    
to Gentle downvoter, can you please tell me what is wrong with this answer? I hope I will have a reason. –  virpara May 28 '12 at 15:00

I don't think you understand what main and universe are. They are not packages, but lists of available packages.

Running sudo apt-get update downloads these lists of packages, but you have to run sudo apt-get upgrade in order to actually install the available updates.

Therefore it is vitally important to always update your main and universe package lists. However the downloads should not be 13MB - your question is effectively a duplicate of this one: the size of apt-get update lists is too big .

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I am new to ubuntu just 2 days back i installed ubuntu on my Acer Aspire 4736, that is why i dont have deep knowledge about ubuntu. –  Ranjeet May 28 '12 at 16:31

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