Build Documentation apt-cache

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Using an apt cache will greatly improve build speed when building several times in a row (e.g. when debugging, during development).

If you are interested, click on Expand on the right.

torified apt-cacher-ng

The following torified apt-cacher-ng setup only has to be applied, if you are building using onion apt sources using --connection onion.

However, if you are building behind a Tor transparent proxy such as Whonix-Gateway ™, you can use the simpler clearnet apt-cacher-ng instructions below instead.

Ambox notice.png If you skip these steps of setting up a torified apt-cacher-ng, you must below drop and not use REPO_PROXY=

Ambox warning pn.svg.png Note, this neither torifies all of the build script's connections nor hides Tor from your ISP!

Install apt-cacher-ng-, torsocks and tor.

sudo apt-get install apt-cacher-ng torsocks tor

Create folder apt-cacher-ng systemd drop-in folder /lib/systemd/system/apt-cacher-ng.service.d.

sudo mkdir -p /lib/systemd/system/apt-cacher-ng.service.d

Open file /lib/systemd/system/apt-cacher-ng.service.d/50_user.conf in an editor with root rights.

(Qubes-Whonix ™: In TemplateVM)

This box uses lxsudo for root privilege escalation and mousepad as editor. These are examples. Other tools could archive the same goal too. If these example tools do not work for you or if you are not using Whonix, please see this link.

If you are using a graphical Whonix or Qubes-Whonix ™ with XFCE, run.

lxsudo mousepad /lib/systemd/system/apt-cacher-ng.service.d/50_user.conf

If you are using a terminal-only Whonix, run.

sudo nano /lib/systemd/system/apt-cacher-ng.service.d/50_user.conf


ExecStart=torsocks /usr/sbin/apt-cacher-ng SocketPath=/run/apt-cacher-ng/socket -c /etc/apt-cacher-ng ForeGround=1


Reload systemd.

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

Restart apt-cacher-ng.

sudo systemctl apt-cacher-ng restart

clearnet apt-cacher-ng

sudo apt-get install apt-cacher-ng

Be sure to have a firewall, so the whole internet can not use the apt-cacher-ng service.

Prepend REPO_PROXY= before the build command.

sudo REPO_PROXY= ./whonix_build ...

When building inside a non-Whonix VM, an apt cache can be used on the host. In that case, adjust the IP accordingly and manually test that it is reachable. When building inside a (Whonix ™) VM, just install the apt cache inside the VM and point to a localhost apt cache.

From and above Whonix automatically uses apt-cacher-ng.

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