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Re: Where is data stored when Synaptic scans DVDs?

On 03/17/2017 11:15 AM, songbird wrote:
Richard Owlett wrote:
As I have limited bandwidth, I install from DVDs.
Also I frequently experiment with various options by doing a fresh
install to a different partition.
It is annoying to keep re-scanning a set of 13 DVDs.
Where is the information stored?
/etc/apt/sources.list is obvious, but where is the data about contents
of each DVD stored?

  man apt-get

It implies *BUT DOES _NOT_ STATE* the all the requested data is in the /var/lib/apt directory.

I hadn't thought of looking at apt-get when I posted, even though I had just chased down some differences on how synaptic and apt-get differed in how they logged some trans action. mea culpa ;>

  and as i've previously said, you can copy the
dvds to spinning rust or a SSD and avoid all
future needs to reload from them again...

Yes but <smile>
in my peculiar situation it is better to know on which DVD something resides than to spend ~1000 times more storage space to duplicate the data.

  and futhermore, if you are doing partitions
you can do some minimal install to get the base
system going, then do a partition copy of that
and you'll not have to redo the previous steps
again to recover if you want to try something