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Re: A sane guess at default Debian mirror for pbuilder

On Sun, 27 May 2007 09:50:23 -0600
"Wesley J. Landaker" <wjl@icecavern.net> wrote:

> On Sunday 27 May 2007 09:25:50 Junichi Uekawa wrote:
> > After 6 years or so of setting ftp.jp.debian.org as default for
> > pbuilder, I'm finally determined that it shouldn't stay like this.  So
> > I'd like to have some default guessing to happen.  Preferably I don't
> > want to ask via debconf, since users should have already answered the
> > question at installation-time.
> [...]
> > debootstrap:
> > 	uses ftp.debian.org as default mirror.
> debconf questions aside, I think ftp.debian.org is a much saner *default* 
> than ftp.jp.debian.org. I've always wondered where the later silly default 
> came from. =)

>From my point of view, I would much rather that the default was a
Primary Mirror - ftp.debian.org only supports the most popular
architectures. (I've worked around this in emdebian-tools and
empdebuild {only in SVN so far}) but a default should at least be
capable of supporting more than just a couple of the supported
architectures (IMHO).

BTW: that is why emdebian-tools doesn't really take much care over
things like port numbers, the principle aim of the mirror detection
code in emdebian-tools is just to identify if a primary mirror is
already in use - if not, one is added via a conffile that the user can
tweak later.

I think that would be a useful way for pbuilder too - check all
available sources via apt-cache policy and pick a primary (if it
exists) and let the user modify the conffile to specify a different one
if necessary.


Neil Williams

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