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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?

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  • 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 '12 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 '12 at 7:28

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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