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Bug#907704: choose-mirror: default to deb.debian.org

On Wed, Sep 05, 2018 at 02:58:17PM +0200, Philipp Kern wrote:
> On 2018-09-05 12:35, Wouter Verhelst wrote:
> > I disagree with that, but I do also agree that it would be preferable if
> > local proxies or mirrors were used preferably.
> > 
> > However, this shouldn't be done by way of manual configuration; instead,
> > I think it should be done by way of autodetection performed by apt,
> > something not unlike the proxy-PAC scheme, where a browser looks for
> > pac.<domain>, with the <domain> part being what was passed to it by
> > DHCP, incrementally dropping off the leaf-most part of that until it
> > resolves.
> > 
> > I think such a scheme could work for apt too.
> Arguably the correct way would be to fetch the PAC and execute it to
> determine the proxy for the host. Of course that'd require interpreting
> Javascript.

Not what I meant (but I certainly could've been clearer).

Autodetecting a proxy using the WPAD scheme is complicated, and I agree
that adding a Javascript interpreter to apt just so we can figure out
where a proxy can be found is probably way overkill. It might be nice,
but I don't think we should do it.

However, it would be nice if a network administrator could somehow
suggest a closeby *mirror*. That's why I said "something not unlike" in
the above quote. Since this'd be something we'd be creating ourselves,
we can decide that no scripting language would be necessary, but instead
just a simple configuration file that says "if you're looking for a
mirror for something of which the Release file has fields matching
<xyz>, please go to <URL>".

Could you people please use IRC like normal people?!?

  -- Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, trying to quiet down the buzz in the DebConf 2008

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