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Re: Suggestion: add note about httpredir to debian.org/mirror/list


Michael Stapelberg <stapelberg@debian.org> wrote:
> Hey,
> friends of mine were unaware that http://httpredir.debian.org/ exists and
> pointed out that our official documentation doesn’t mention it.
> Specifically, they read https://www.debian.org/mirror/list and then
> proceeded to hand-pick a mirror.
> I think it would be beneficial to our users if we added a note like the
> following at the top of the page:
> """
> Use http://httpredir.debian.org/ to automatically get the best mirror based
> on your geographic and network location. In case httpredir does not work
> for you, please send a report to mirrors@debian.org and select a mirror
> from the following list for the time being:
> """
> What do you think?

Generally, I would consider that a good idea.
On https://www.debian.org/mirror/ we already have such a paragraph,
I would copy that one to ../mirror/list too, if no one objects.

Diff is attached.


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? .directory
? httpredir.diff
Index: list.wml
RCS file: /cvs/webwml/webwml/english/mirror/list.wml,v
retrieving revision 1.9
diff -u -r1.9 list.wml
--- list.wml	30 Apr 2014 09:22:48 -0000	1.9
+++ list.wml	25 Mar 2016 18:56:13 -0000
@@ -37,6 +37,23 @@
 Note that geographic proximity often isn't the most important factor for
 determining which machine will serve you best.</p>
+# Translators: paragraph copied from ../mirror/index.wml
+If you don't know which mirror to use or your system moves around a lot, you
+can use the <a href="http://httpredir.debian.org/";>mirror redirector service</a>
+in your apt sources.list.
+It dynamically redirects package download requests to the best mirror
+available based on a number of factors such as mirror availability,
+location, architecture and freshness.
+Use this address in your
+<a href="http://manpages.debian.org/man/5/sources.list";>sources.list</a>
+to use the mirror redirector:
 <p>The authoritative copy of the following list can always be found at:
 <url "https://www.debian.org/mirror/list";>.
 <br />

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