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apt-file is used to do a search of which package provides a file. Consider it the offline and somewhat limited version of http://packages.ubuntu.com. Since you used apt-file update without sudo, it cannot use a system-wide directory (typically /var/cache/apt/apt-file), and instead uses a directory in your home (~/.cache/apt-file). Searches by other users ...


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No. Servers need to get updated from the main server so some repositories will lag a little bit. Here is a list of mirrors with a column that states how far behind a server is. As you can see some are a week behind but you might also expect that this is due to localisation (translations in progress). See 1. In general this is only the case when a server is ...



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