Debian apt-get and pdiff

Recently Debian's apt-get received a feature that many were awaiting; the ability to download incremental updates to the Packages file in a given repository. The files are downloaded as *.pdiff and applied one by one to the Packages file.

Unfortunately, the pdiff merging process is extremely slow on a lower-end computer. This behavior can be disabled by adding the following line to your local apt.conf (or placed into a file dropped into apt.conf.d):

Acquire::PDiffs “false”;

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