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Bug#44404: apt: http request method: config option to allow continue to get a file from different mirror

Package: apt
Version: 0.3.12
Severity: wishlist

It would be nice if apt's http method could be configured to continue
fetching a file from another mirror should timeouts ocour. Currently,
I have a local mirror (first choice) and http.us.debian.org (second choice)
listed in /etc/apt/sources.list. Should a timeout happen during download,
the partially downloaded package is flushed from the cache before being
requested from the other mirror. This is a major pain if the package is

apt's http method already continues a download if the file is available in
only one of the mirrors. 

(FYI, the local mirror I use is at http://linusp.usp.br/ftpmaster/debian ).

-- System Information
Debian Release: potato
Kernel Version: Linux godzillah 2.2.12 #1 Sat Aug 28 19:24:23 BRT 1999 i586 unknown

Versions of the packages apt depends on:
ii  libc6           2.1.2-0pre12   GNU C Library: Shared libraries and timezone
ii  libstdc++2.10   2.95.1-2       The GNU stdc++ library

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