Stop Using APT

APT is slow… single downloading and generally uses slow mirrors as it doesn’t optimize them out of the box. It also doesn’t have a history so rolling back updates can really suck.

Welp, all that is now fixed with Nala and it is absolutely wonderful. Not only does it fix all that listed above but it makes the updates look beautiful.

nala-image

Install

Add Repository

echo "deb http://deb.volian.org/volian/ scar main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/volian-archive-scar-unstable.list
wget -qO - https://deb.volian.org/volian/scar.key | sudo tee /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/volian-archive-scar-unstable.gpg

Install Nala on any Debian Sid or Ubuntu 22+ with:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install nala

Install on Debian Stable or Ubuntu 21 and below:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install nala-legacy

Update Mirrors

This will drastically speed up your downloads

sudo nala fetch

Select the mirrors you want from the list. Typically you will want to select three. Here is an example: nala-mirror

View Update History

Nala has a robust history and even an UNDO! These commands are a life saver.

View the history:

nala history

Undo a history (sudo nala history undo ID):

sudo nala history undo 1

Convert APT to Nala

Add the following to your ~/.bashrc AND /root/.bashrc file:

apt() { 
  command nala "$@"
}
sudo() {
  if [ "$1" = "apt" ]; then
    shift
    command sudo nala "$@"
  else
    command sudo "$@"
  fi
}

From here you can install programs with apt or nala command and it will always work perfectly!

Conclusion

This is everything I want in a package manager and more. My hat is off to the team that came up with all these drastic improvements and it has made my life so much easier on Debian based systems!

Walkthrough Video