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Bug#377032: choose-mirror: "protocol" question should be critical

On 7/6/06, Frans Pop <elendil@planet.nl> wrote:
reassign 377032 choose-mirror
tags 377032 + wontfix

On Thursday 06 July 2006 11:32, Theppitak Karoonboonyanan wrote:
> Looking at choose-mirror source, the "protocol" question is
> there with "medium" priority, which I think should be sensible
> to be at the same level as the "host" and "directory" questions,
> critical.

I think you mean "high", which is the default priority.

Yes, if that's the case.

http is a sensible and working default for almost all installs.

Not quite true in some conditions. For example, most HTTP
accesses in Thailand are filtered by transparent proxies,
according to government policy to control web accesses.
Using apt through HTTP often gets stuck by poor proxies,
which may do some content scanning on the way.

So, FTP is usually recommended in most cases, especially
for dial-up or home ADSL users.

If you
want use ftp, you have three options:
- do an install in expert mode (booting with 'expert')

I have also tried this. I was not asked the protocol question.

- do an install at medium priority (booting with
  'install debconf/priority=medium')
- set the protocol when the installer is booted (booting with
  'install mirror/protocol=ftp'

I may try these. However, for my case, I use local FTP
just because I have it available. But for general users
who face such proxy problem, the HTTP of FTP question
should be more helpful than confusing, especially if it
can save time from rebooting to supply boot options.

Theppitak Karoonboonyanan

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