Hello. Just my 2 cents. The solution you talk about (wich is software based) can be implemented at the network "layer". The solution is _anycast_. If we can manage to technicaly implement it, it would work as you propose. Regards, Miguel On Tuesday, 30 de October de 2007, Leo "costela" Antunes wrote: > Hey there, > > [Just a wild idea and my first foray into this list. Be gentle.] > > How feasible would it be for us to implement an "automagic" mirror > mechanism, perhaps geoip based? Does something like this already exist > and I've been living in a cave for the last few years? > > The advantages I see are twofold: > - Possibly removing one step from the installation process, or having > the "automagic" scheme selected by default during installation. > - Helping frequent-travelers to always fetch the nearest mirror. > > The way I see it happening, off the top of my head: > - new zone created (perhaps under mirror.d.o), managed by something like > pdns-pipe consulting the mirrors database. > - new host created (suggestion: automatic.mirror.d.o), which returns > best mirror. > - 'best mirror' could be a function of geoip proximity/freshness of > mirror, perhaps even round robin of N best matches. > > Possible problems I see: > - incompatibilities with pdiff based apt updates? > - system is made useless (or less useful) by caching mechanisms, either > client side or along the link? > > > Cheers > > -- > Leo "costela" Antunes > [insert a witty retort here] -- Miguel Ramos Network Engineer/Sys Admin Serviços de Informática/Universidade de Évora SIP: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +351 266 70 10 10
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