To manually test, non-persistently:
sudo apt update -o Acquire::Languages=none -o Acquire::IndexTargets::deb::Contents-deb::DefaultEnabled=false
Or same persistent as configuration drop-in file
Acquire::Languages none; Acquire::IndexTargets::deb::Contents-deb::DefaultEnabled false;
It’s roughly 140 KB vs 43 MB. Seconds vs real delay.
I wonder if this should become the default for Whonix and Kicksecure.
We’d loose translations something. I don’t even know where - since I always use English as default language - to be on par with the defaults that users will use. Probably translations for
apt-cache show pkg-name or so. But only for those who change the system language for APT. Dunno if anyone is doing that actually. If that’s a problem, it would be better to have instructions how to reactivate this for desired languages only.
We might also loose default
apt-file list pkg-name but those who want that can (and probably have to use anyhow)
sudo apt-file update.