approx - caching proxy server for Debian archive files

Property Value
Distribution Debian 7 (Wheezy)
Repository Debian Backports Main amd64
Package filename approx_5.5-1~bpo70+1_amd64.deb
Package name approx
Package version 5.5
Package release 1~bpo70+1
Package architecture amd64
Package type deb
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer -
Download size 1.34 MB
Installed size 3.84 KB
Approx is an HTTP-based proxy server for Debian-style package archives.
It fetches files from remote repositories on demand,
and caches them for local use.
Approx saves time and network bandwidth if you need to install or
upgrade .deb packages for a number of machines on a local network.
Each package is downloaded from a remote site only once,
regardless of how many local clients install it.
The approx cache typically requires a few gigabytes of disk space.
Approx also simplifies the administration of client machines:
repository locations need only be changed in approx's configuration file,
not in every client's /etc/apt/sources.list file.
Approx can be used as a replacement for apt-proxy,
with no need to modify clients' /etc/apt/sources.list files,
or as an alternative to apt-cacher.


Package Version Architecture Repository
approx_5.5-1~bpo70+1_i386.deb 5.5 i386 Debian Backports Main
approx_5.3-1_amd64.deb 5.3 amd64 Debian Main
approx_5.3-1_i386.deb 5.3 i386 Debian Main
approx - - -


Name Value
adduser -
bzip2 -
curl -
debconf >= 0.5
debconf-2.0 -
inet-superserver -
libc6 >= 2.8
libpcre3 >= 8.10
openbsd-inetd -
rsyslog -
system-log-daemon -
update-inetd -
xz-utils -


Type URL
Binary Package approx_5.5-1~bpo70+1_amd64.deb
Source Package approx

Install Howto

  1. Add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list:
    deb wheezy-backports main
  2. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  3. Install approx deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install approx




2015-03-31 - Matt Taggart <>
approx (5.5-1~bpo70+1) wheezy-backports; urgency=medium
* Rebuild for wheezy-backports.
2014-06-21 - Eric Cooper <>
approx (5.5-1) unstable; urgency=medium
* New upstream version
* Only cache "not found" for true 404 responses (closes: #655986)
* Incorporate patch for #732021 into upstream branch
* Update Standards-Version to 3.9.5
2013-12-12 - Eric Cooper <>
approx (5.4-2) unstable; urgency=low
* patch doc/FAQ to avoid FHS violation (closes: #732021)
* drop dm-upload-allowed (again)
2013-12-08 - Eric Cooper <>
approx (5.4-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream version
* follow redirects for HEAD requests (closes: #695279)
* eliminate Not_found exception in gc (closes: #695639)
* increase debhelper compat to 9
* update standards-version, drop dm-update-allowed
* change from gz to bz2 (closes: #639540, #689444, #705890)
* replace deprecated (or) with (||) (closes: #731703)
* add example xinetd config (closes: #720359)
* add systemd service file (closes: #679991)
* document use of /var/cache/approx/.curlrc file (closes: #719912)
* drop build-dependency on libsyslog-ocaml-dev (provided by ocamlnet now)
* add depends on bzip2 and xz-utils
2012-09-21 - Sylvain Le Gall <>
approx (5.3-1.1) UNRELEASED; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload.
* Remove Sylvain Le Gall from uploaders
2012-08-24 - Eric Cooper <>
approx (5.3-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream version
* Check for chunked transfer encoding when closing cache file
(closes: #685724)
2012-05-23 - Eric Cooper <>
approx (5.2-1) unstable; urgency=low
[ Eric Cooper ]
* New upstream version
* Check for custom inetd.conf entry when updating (closes: #627053)
* Handle Sources files with missing Directory fields (closes: #641928)
* Change default $interval to 60 (closes: #658694)
* Applied "Fix FTBFS with ocamlnet 3.5.1" upstream
* Add debian/watch file
* Update Standards-Version to 3.9.3
[ Adriano Rafael Gomes ]
* add Brazilian Portuguese debconf translation (closes: #661359)
[ Jeroen Schot ]
* add Dutch debconf translation (closes: #661438)
[ Andika Triwidada ]
* add Indonesian debconf translation (closes: #670916)
[ Michał Kułach ]
* add Polish debconf translation (closes: #671346)
2012-03-27 - gregor herrmann <>
approx (5.1-1.2) unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload.
* Fix "should depend on system-log-daemon":
add dependency on "rsyslog | system-log-daemon".
(Closes: #656791)
2012-03-07 - Stéphane Glondu <>
approx (5.1-1.1) unstable; urgency=low
* Non-maintainer upload.
* Fix FTBFS with ocamlnet 3.5.1 (Closes: #661775)
* Add versioned dependency to libnethttpd-ocaml-dev in Build-Depends
2011-07-31 - Eric Cooper <>
approx (5.1-1) unstable; urgency=low
* New upstream version
* Build with ocamlnet3 (closes: #610597, #635886)
* Remove unnecessary check_current_directory function (closes: #632670)
* Document default port number and how to change it (closes: #633811)
* Serve simple robots.txt file (closes: #626721)

See Also

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asterisk-dahdi_11.13.1~dfsg-2~bpo70+1_amd64.deb DAHDI devices support for the Asterisk PBX
asterisk-dev_11.13.1~dfsg-2~bpo70+1_all.deb Development files for Asterisk
asterisk-doc_11.13.1~dfsg-2~bpo70+1_all.deb Source code documentation for Asterisk
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asterisk-mp3_11.13.1~dfsg-2~bpo70+1_amd64.deb MP3 playback support for the Asterisk PBX
asterisk-mysql_11.13.1~dfsg-2~bpo70+1_amd64.deb MySQL database protocol support for the Asterisk PBX
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