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Re: di: apt-spy instead of choose mirror ?

On Thu, Jul 19, 2001 at 12:27:58PM -0700, idalton@ferret.dyndns.org wrote:
> On Fri, Jul 20, 2001 at 11:22:30AM +1000, Glenn wrote:
> > Maybe for the next debian installer we could use possibly customised
> > apt-spy to automatically select the mirror.
> > 
> > The only problem with apt-spy that i see is that it takes ages if you run
> > the whole thing, but it can be given options to only try 5 or 25 sites.
> > 
> > Or if we are going to have different modes (i.e. expert novice) then
> > novice could use apt-spy and expert could have the option of overriding
> > it.
> Does apt-spy know about geographical proximity yet, or could it be told
> to sort mirrors according to proximity to the install? While obviously
> not perfect, it would be better than either no sort at all, or sorted
> by something simple like lexical order or IP order.

It should be based on AS numbers IMHO.

> Would there be any big liabilities to doing something like this, besides
> the time needed to construct and weight the list in the first place?
> The only potential problems that come to mind right now are: How would
> one tell the installer geographical location? Would country/region be
> sufficient? And, would the list be simply too large for the installer,
> even to be optional?

Why not only test the closest 25 based on AS?

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