I am using Ubuntu 12.04. It seems that it take lot of time for apt-get update. I can see that it spend lot of time for checking language translations file. How to disable translations checking while apt-get update?

I want only English. How to safely remove other language translations?

  • You can change the download server in the Software center -> Software Sources -> Download from. Select "other" and then "Select Best Server". This might help a bit.
    – lumbric
    May 6, 2012 at 7:22
  • This question may have been addressed here: How can I remove the Translation entries in apt? and may be considered a duplicate.
    – user25656
    May 7, 2012 at 7:28

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Take a look at the answers to this question:
How can I get apt to use a mirror close to me, or choose a faster mirror?

I use the recommendation from an answer to that question to add the two lines below to the top of /etc/apt/sources.list. This is supposed to encourage the update process to automatically pick a download mirror with better performance. I think it helps.

deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt precise main restricted universe multiverse
deb mirror://mirrors.ubuntu.com/mirrors.txt precise-updates main restricted universe multiverse
  • Note: The lines above are meant to used with the /etc/apt/sources.list for 12.04 (Precise Pangolin). For earlier releases replace precise with the release's corresponding codename.

    Lucid (10.04), Maverick (10.10), Natty (11.04), Oneiric (11.10)

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