apt-get update only required translations

apt-get update was updating translation for so many languages which I’m not concerned about and found that it can be controlled using apt.conf[1].

  • Added the following line to /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/70debconf
    Acquire::Languages { "environment"; "en"; "ta"; };

  • next immediate apt-get update still got translations for many other languages, I had to clear /var/lib/apt/lists as mentioned in [1] after which apt-get update pulled only the translations mentioned in the conf.

for more information check
man apt.conf
[1] http://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2011/09/msg00059.html