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When i update apt-get the universe repo takes ages to download, I usually max out at around 130kbps which can easily download ~4mb in under a minute yet it skips between going an bytes per second and under 30kpbs (and i'm not running anything that leaches my bandwidth when i update). Updating on lucid was fine and took under 10 seconds why does it now take about 10 minutes...

will@UbuntuBox:~$ sudo apt-get update
Hit maverick Release.gpg                          
Ign maverick/partner Translation-en              
Get:1 maverick Release.gpg [316B]                     
Ign maverick/main Translation-en
Ign maverick/main Translation-en_US
Get:2 maverick Release.gpg [198B]                 
Ign maverick/main Translation-en          
Hit maverick-security Release.gpg                   
Ign maverick-security/main Translation-en   
Hit maverick Release.gpg                              
Ign maverick/main Translation-en              
Ign maverick/partner Translation-en_US           
Hit maverick Release                              
Get:3 maverick Release [57.3kB]                       
Ign maverick/main Translation-en_US           
Hit maverick Release                                  
Ign maverick/main Translation-en_US       
Ign maverick/multiverse Translation-en    
Ign maverick/multiverse Translation-en_US 
Hit maverick/partner i386 Packages                
Hit maverick/main i386 Packages                       
Ign maverick/restricted Translation-en
Ign maverick/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign maverick/universe Translation-en
Ign maverick/universe Translation-en_US
Hit maverick-updates Release.gpg              
Ign maverick-updates/main Translation-en
Ign maverick-updates/main Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-updates/multiverse Translation-en
Ign maverick-updates/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-updates/restricted Translation-en
Ign maverick-updates/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-updates/universe Translation-en
Ign maverick-security/main Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-security/multiverse Translation-en
Ign maverick-security/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-updates/universe Translation-en_US
Hit maverick-proposed Release.gpg
Ign maverick-proposed/main Translation-en
Ign maverick-proposed/main Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-proposed/multiverse Translation-en
Ign maverick-proposed/multiverse Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-proposed/restricted Translation-en
Ign maverick-security/restricted Translation-en
Ign maverick-security/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-security/universe Translation-en
Ign maverick-security/universe Translation-en_US
Hit maverick-security Release
Ign maverick-proposed/restricted Translation-en_US
Ign maverick-proposed/universe Translation-en
Ign maverick-proposed/universe Translation-en_US
Get:4 maverick Release [57.3kB]
Hit maverick-security/main Sources                  
Hit maverick-security/restricted Sources            
Hit maverick-security/universe Sources
Hit maverick-security/main i386 Packages            
Hit maverick-security/restricted i386 Packages      
Hit maverick-security/multiverse i386 Packages      
Hit maverick-security/universe i386 Packages
Get:5 maverick/main Sources [3,051B]                  
Get:6 maverick/main i386 Packages [6,396B]            
Hit maverick-updates Release                      
Hit maverick-proposed Release                     
Get:7 maverick/main Sources [829kB]               
Get:8 maverick/restricted Sources [4,361B]        
Get:9 maverick/universe Sources [4,186kB]         
Get:10 maverick/main i386 Packages [1,491kB]      
Get:11 maverick/restricted i386 Packages [6,000B] 
Get:12 maverick/multiverse i386 Packages [183kB]  
Get:13 maverick/universe i386 Packages [5,786kB]  
Hit maverick-updates/main Sources                 
Hit maverick-updates/restricted Sources           
Hit maverick-updates/universe Sources             
Hit maverick-updates/main i386 Packages           
Hit maverick-updates/restricted i386 Packages     
Hit maverick-updates/multiverse i386 Packages     
Hit maverick-updates/universe i386 Packages       
Hit maverick-proposed/restricted i386 Packages    
Hit maverick-proposed/main i386 Packages          
Hit maverick-proposed/universe i386 Packages      
Hit maverick-proposed/multiverse i386 Packages    
Fetched 12.6MB in 7min 54s (26.6kB/s)                                          
Reading package lists... Done

If anyone can help i would be massively appreciative of that Will

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Your kB/s is extremely low, personally I do not see that, I get full speed transfers (400kB/s = my broadband limit). Can you check other downloads or streaming and provide information about your connection configuration? – Phil Hannent Oct 4 '10 at 10:13
I get about 130kbps max and on lucid the packages downloaded at about that speed, in 10 or so seconds. – Will Oct 4 '10 at 16:12
You may want to try a different mirror, rather than the the 'im' one. There is a special tool to help select the fastest mirror for you: – 8128 Oct 10 '10 at 7:41
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I believe the reason for this is slightly more than what Extender has already said. If you look in the output from your terminal you get several entries along the lines of:

Hit maverick/universe Sources

During the development period, every package update in the 'universe' section (there are also 'restricted', 'multiverse' and 'main' sections) requires a change to this file. However after release these file is no longer updated, and instead you will see updates coming from:

Hit maverick-updates/universe Sources

Because only a reasonably small percentage of packages are updated after release this file is significantly smaller than the file issued at released and used during the development period.

Now Ubuntu (Maverick) 10.10 has been released then updates should be far faster.

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Yes i noticed after upgrading i could update faster. Thanks for the comprehensive answer! – Will Oct 11 '10 at 6:55

This happens because of Packages.gz in each folder are huge and frequently changed now. After release, it will be same as Lucid. Also, try finding fastest server for you (in mirror selection dialog).

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Ok thanks for answering, good to know – Will Oct 4 '10 at 16:12

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