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Something that is asked about quite a bit in the PCLinuxOS support IRC channel is “how to change repositories”. One of the main reasons this is needed is that not all repositories are reachable depending on your geographic location. Some of the repositories are also down at random intervals. To equip the standard PCLinuxOS user with how to change repos, we first need to understand how the repository is structured, how the developers use the repositories, and how the community should make use of repositories.

How Are the Repositories Setup?

First and foremost, the repositories are setup in a “trickle down” model. Updates are pushed first to the PASS server. Only people who have donated 20 USD or more to PCLinuxOS have access to this server. It’s fast. It’s furious. It’s also the first place where packages land.

Within 24-48 hours, the updates to PASS trickle out first to the Ibiblio repository…which is the MAIN repository from which all others are updated. That means that there is only ONE repository for PCLinuxOS…all repositories are copies of the same one. So if you have more than one repository enabled in synaptic…make sure you drop it down to a single one.

How Do the Developers Use Repositories?

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