Repository location for downloaded / installed packages

Today I played a bit with apt-get and got some strange failed to fetch error messages. Nothing wrong with but I searched a bit and did recognize I do not know where the downloaded packages are located.

  • The location is here:
    /var/cache/apt/archives
  • If you want to remove them, perform
    # apt-get clean
  • output from man apt-get show:
    
        clean
    
    clean clears out the local repository of retrieved package files. It removes everything but the lock file from /var/cache/apt/archives/ and /var/cache/apt/archives/partial/. When APT is used as a dselect(1) method, clean is run automatically. Those who do not use dselect will likely want to run apt-get clean from time to time to free up disk space.
    
        autoclean
    
    Like clean, autoclean clears out the local repository of retrieved package files. The difference is that it only removes package files that can no longer be downloaded, and are largely useless. This allows a cache to be maintained over a long period without it growing out of control. The configuration option APT::Clean-Installed will prevent installed packages from being erased if it is set to off.
    

As always – have Fun!
Cheers
Ubuntix

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