On Thu, Jul 19, 2001 at 01:42:27PM -0700, Mike Fedyk wrote: > On Thu, Jul 19, 2001 at 12:27:58PM -0700, email@example.com 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. What are AS numbers? > > 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? This sounds reasonable. Though the question I had involved supplying the list, and then sorting the list to find the [closest 25]. -- Ferret I will be switching my email addresses from @ferret.dyndns.org to @mail.aom.geek on or after September 1, 2001, but not until after Debian's servers include support. 'geek' is an OpenNIC TLD. See http://www.opennic.unrated.net for details about adding OpenNIC support to your computer, or ask your provider to add support to their name servers.
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