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APT proxy setup is a method of automatically configuring APT proxy depending on network location. It can be used to have access to fast / local mirror at home or at the office but default to the public archive while on the road.


Currently apt-proxy-setup can only track one network location, the one where you have access to a local apt proxy (such as apt-cacher-ng). To identify that location apt-proxy-setup probes a configured URL each time your network connection changes. For the setup to work you need to add a small text file somewhere in your local network. It can be an existing file or a new, dedicated file, just for apt-proxy-setup. Keep in mind that apt-proxy-setup will try to download that file so make sure that the URL is not reachable from the public network. When the network location is determined a pre-configured APT proxy will be set in /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/00apt-proxy-setup. That's it.


Start with the example configuration file, apt-proxy-setup.example, tweak it to your liking and copy it to /etc/default/apt-proxy-setup. That's it, you're done. Whenever you change that configuration (or remove it) apt-proxy-setup will update the proxy configuration automatically.


Installation requires you to copy two upstart jobs to /etc/init, this is facilitated by the embedded makefile.

$ sudo make install