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I am downloading a very large package and my internet connection isn't the fastest, so browsing the web at the same time is a pain. How can I limit the bandwidth apt-get uses?

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A trick I picked up when adjusting someone else's computer:

  • For temporary limits, add the -o flag to your apt-get command:

    sudo apt-get -o Acquire::http::Dl-Limit=25 install <package>
    
  • For permanent throttling, create the file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/75lowerspeed and save the following in it:

    Acquire
    {
       Queue-mode "access";
       http
       {
          Dl-Limit "25";
       };
    };
    

Both methods limits apt-get to 25 kBps (kilobytes per second).

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I was writing about wondershaper, but your answer is better. –  enzotib Jun 24 '11 at 17:55
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so finally I beat YOU for once :-D –  Rinzwind Jun 24 '11 at 17:58
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@Rinzwind - I don't know how you keep coming up with these answers, but please keep doing so! –  boehj Jun 24 '11 at 18:00
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@boehj just well homed searching skillz if I may say so myself ;) –  Rinzwind Jun 24 '11 at 19:10
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Well, I'm digging ur skillz my man. Keep it up! –  boehj Jun 24 '11 at 19:23

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