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Re: Preferred Mirrors for Apt

On Wednesday 06 December 2006 18:35, Andrew Sackville-West wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 06, 2006 at 04:23:01PM +0100, Jochen Schulz wrote:
> > David Baron:
> > > ALL the alternatives available are in /etc/apt/sources.list. I do not
> > > want to delete access to ftp.us.debiian.org. I want the local mirrors
> > > to be tried first.
> >
> > There is absolutely no reason to keep several official mirrors in your
> > sources.list. They all contain the same software (that's why they are
> > called mirrors). On 'apt-get update', apt will download all package
> > lists from every mirror, but on 'install' it will only use the first
> > mirror mentioned in your sources.list anyway.
> >
> > If your primary mirror is unreliable, pick another one or keep entries
> > using a different mirror *commented out* in your sources.list and enable
> > them only when your primary mirror freaks out. Otherwise, you are
> > abusing bandwidth donated to the Debian project.
> this seems like another good time to mention apt-spy. very useful.

Should have a look at that.

A wishlist for apt-get. EVERYONE will be using stock stable/unstable/testing 
groups of packages. So these packages could have a 1st-mirror, 2nd-mirror, 
etc. Special packages such as systemimage, qmail, etc., would be specified in 
sources.list as now.

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