Update download speed is incredibly slow for connection

Bug #228415 reported by Redrazor39 on 2008-05-08
This bug affects 1 person
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update-manager (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: update-manager

Download speeds for updates are incredibly slow compared to my connection and normal download speeds. For updating via update-manager, the speed ranges from 27.5kbps-69kbps (approximately 44.4kbps average) when I normally get 128kbps for downloads in firefox, 300kbps with downthemall accelerator, and up to 450kbps with bittorrent!

To solve this, I would recommend including a download accelerator similar to the one found in the downthemall extension for firefox (http://www.downthemall.net/). I don't know if downthemall is open source or not, but developing a new, better, FOSS accelerator to integrate with update-manager would be great.

The system I am using:


Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon"

All updates as of Thursday May 8, 5:49 PM GMT-06:00 U.S. Central Time

Feel free to e-mail me asking for any command outputs you may need in order to solve this problem or help me solve it myself.

Thank you.

Matt Fischer (mfisch) wrote :

Me too.

I am using Intrepid and update-manager is so slow that I've completely given up on it. Compared to apt-get from the command-line, I'd have to say that update-manager is 10x slower if not more. It took over an hour to download 14 "normal sized" packages. Although I can't get you exact details on what I was downloading and the speeds (right now), I can guarantee that it's awfully slow. This is also seen by my co-workers, and I should note that we are all behind an http proxy server (again, though, apt-get is fast).

If there are any tests I can run to compare the speeds, like downloading dummy packages, I'd be happy to oblige.

Michael Vogt (mvo) wrote :

@tadowguy: Hello! I would be very interessted in more data on this, could you please add some network speed monitor (e.g. netspeed-applet) and run "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade --download-only" and then "update-manager" and let it download and compare times and the shown network speed?

Changed in update-manager:
status: New → Incomplete
Pedro Villavicencio (pedro) wrote :

We are closing this bug report because it lacks the information we need to investigate the problem, as described in the previous comments. Please reopen it if you can give us the missing information, and don't hesitate to submit bug reports in the future. To reopen the bug report you can click on the current status, under the Status column, and change the Status back to New. Thanks again!.

Changed in update-manager:
status: Incomplete → Invalid
CybArc (cybarc) wrote :

Missing Information Added

Changed in update-manager:
status: Invalid → New
CybArc (cybarc) wrote :

I just installed Ubuntu 8.10 and started the update manager. It was crazy slow so I googled and found this thred. Cancelled it while it was still downloading and now am attempting to provide the extra information. Perhaps I went out of order with my change to this bug. I'm still gathering the information. Will post back within the hour

CybArc (cybarc) wrote :

apt-get install netspeed (then added to panel)
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade --download-only
     Bytes in -- around 1.2 MiB/s
     Bytes Out -- around 25.5 KiB/s
     ----- Note: around 70%, Bytes In dropped to 20-50 KiB/s
       I'm downloading a 5771k package right now
     ----- Around 90% speeds at 50-70 KiB/s in , 2.1 KiB/s

ran update-manager and it started installing stuff

CybArc (cybarc) wrote :

I forgot to mention that 1.2 MiB/s is not considered "crazy slow". I'm on a cable connection so that's pretty fast imho. I don't know why the update manager estimated over an hour

Michele Mangili (mangilimic) wrote :


CybArc, could you please control if your problem is related to bug #322871 ?

Thank you for reporting your issue and helping to make Ubuntu better!

On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 7:55 AM, Michele Mangili <email address hidden>wrote:

> CybArc, could you please control if your problem is related to bug
> #322871 ?

not related.

> Update download speed is incredibly slow for connection
> https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/228415

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Dave Stroud (bigdavesr) wrote :

I am up to date on karmic.I have 1mb cable and it is downloading slower than dial up. Like 28 kb sec. Takes forever to update.

Thank you for taking the time to report this bug and helping to make Ubuntu better. We are sorry that we do not always have the capacity to look at all reported bugs in a timely manner. There have been many changes in Ubuntu since that time you reported the bug and your problem may have been fixed with some of the updates. It would help us a lot if you could test a current, supported, Ubuntu version. If you can test it, and it is still an issue, we would appreciate if you could upload updated logs by running apport-collect <bug #>, and any other logs that are relevant for this particular issue.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for update-manager (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Expired

Closing due to inactivity.

Changed in update-manager (Ubuntu):
status: Expired → Invalid
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