"Mirrors list order is snafued" - What is the order supposed to be?

Robert Collins rbcollins@cygwin.com
Mon Jan 20 11:47:00 GMT 2003

On Mon, 2003-01-20 at 19:59, Lapo Luchini wrote:
> Robert Collins wrote:
> >But: even after that is done, I think we should reexamine the sorting
> >concept, and perhaps sort by the sources.redhat.com order (for us->site
> >speed), or perhaps user mirrors then official, etc.
> >  
> >
> I guess the best would be to sort by "ping time" (smalest to bigger) to 
> help reduce unnecessary trans-oceanic downloads.

Which means pinging all the sites, and storing the results. We use the
official mirror list today, so we can't do this *today*. Also there are
other, more policy issues - time to ping all the sites, policy of the
sites (do they allow ping?).

> But of course it would need to check them each time... or may it be 
> cached in the local setup.ini?

Not setup.ini. mirror.lst / last-mirror

> Also: setup.bz2 couln't be checked for size/date and not be downloaded 
> again each time? Just a MINOR issue of course.

We do this already via the networking logic when using the MSIE network
connection type, or manual HTTP with a proxy server... (use HEAD to get

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