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Whenever I am downloading packages using Ubuntu Software Center (or any package manager for that matter), my Internet connection slows to an absolute crawl. In fact, most requests timeout.

Is there a way to limit the bandwidth that Software Center uses when downloading packages?

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If the software centre uses apt-get (and I'm not actually sure that it does, so you will need to try this yourself), you should be able to do the following:

Create the file /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/76download with the following content:

    Queue-mode "access";
        Dl-Limit "150";

That limits apt-get to 150KB/s. I haven't tried it myself, so I can't verify that it will work for you.

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I'm just as happy if 'apt-get' can be bandwidth-limited.. – Nathan Osman Oct 4 '10 at 22:38
Can I ask if this did work for the Software Centre? – 8128 Oct 5 '10 at 15:58
@flute: I'm afraid I only tried it for apt :) – Nathan Osman Oct 5 '10 at 17:02

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