APT Mirror is intended to mirror the whole repository from
mirror.list entries only.
In a few sentences
apt-mirror works like this:
Gets index files from the repository and processes them (the same process as
Downloads files from collected index files, if they do not exist locally. The folder structure is preserved in this process (similar to
wget -c -x <url_file_array>).
For more detailed information about how
apt-mirror works and for confirming that it is impossible to partially mirror the repository to get latest versions only, you can refer to The Source code of apt-mirror (Written in Perl).
So, what to do to get latest versions from large repositories?
My temporary workaround for your situation (taking for example,
gitlab-ce repository for Ubuntu 18.04 - Bionic):
Enter the path for mirroring:
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.bak
Open and comment every line in
sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list
Add your desired repository(ies) for mirroring:
4.1. Add this to
sources.list and exit from the file:
deb https://packages.gitlab.com/gitlab/gitlab-ce/ubuntu/ bionic main
4.2. Add the GPG:
curl -L https://packages.gitlab.com/gitlab/gitlab-ce/gpgkey | sudo apt-key add -
Update index files:
sudo apt update
Fetch latest packages url from added repository and write them to file:
sudo apt-get install '*' --allow-unauthenticated -y --print-uris | grep -o '\'http.*\' | tr "\'" " " > download-list
Download the urls with folder structure, because of
-c option, it will not download files that exist:
wget -i download-list -c -x
For reverting everything back, just replace the
sources.list file with old
sources.list.bak and do:
sudo apt update