When using wget, -c is used to keep wget retrying to download, usually in the event of an internet interruption. What equivalent of -c can we use for apt-get to keep on retrying even in the case of unstable internet connection which keeps on getting disconnected?

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    Possible duplicate of How to make a package manager wait if another instance of APT is running?
    – Nisheet
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 10:59
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    For wget, -c is used to resume downloads from where they left off. If apt-get is interrupted for any reason, just try it again. For more specific issues, please provide details. Also, check the man pages for wget, apt-get, and apt for the switches available to each.
    – DK Bose
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 11:18
  • Related: help.ubuntu.com/community/…
    – Elder Geek
    Commented Jan 26, 2017 at 16:15
  • @DKBose Yeah except sometimes it doesn't keep everything it downloaded... I was 33% of the way once and when it restarted it went down to 27%
    – Michael
    Commented Jun 12, 2022 at 22:43

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From man apt.conf

Retries Number of retries to perform. If this is non-zero APT will retry failed files the given number of times.

echo 'Acquire::Retries "3";' > /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/80-retries

Since apt 2.3.2, the default is 3.

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