How can I lower the time so that if a particular repository takes more than 10 seconds to connect or finish it should ignore it and move the following ones?
Mirrors are one option, as @adempewolff explained. Let me give you a direct answer though:
Setting apt-get connection timeouts
You can control these timeouts via the following
Note that this only applies to connection timeouts, NOT "finish time" timeouts, i.e. if it connects within 10 seconds, it will continue to download a 100MB package even if it's at 1 KB/second :)
To implement these options, simply create a conf file in
/etc/apt/apt.conf.d; suppose we call it
gksudo gedit /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/99timeout
- Type/paste the above lines, with your choice of timeout in seconds
- Save and exit.
- Now try
sudo apt-get update
And the terminal-addict's "find best server" hack!
Expanded and moved as an answer to this more appropriate question
Additional apt-get conf options that you can try to tweak
Acquire::Queue-Mode: Queuing mode; Queue-Mode can be one of
access which determines how APT parallelizes outgoing connections.
host means that one connection per target host will be opened,
access means that one connection per URI type will be opened.
Acquire::Retries: Number of retries to perform. If this is non-zero APT will retry failed files the given number of times.
Acquire::http::Dl-Limit: accepts integer values in kilobytes, to throttle download speed and not slow down your browsing/email/etc. when updating. The default value is 0 which deactivates the limit and tries uses as much as possible of the bandwidth. If enabled, it will disable
apt-get's parallel downloading feature.
man apt.conf if you think something else might help!