[clug] Advice request on upgrade to Debian Squeeze - local mirrors?

Angus Gratton gus at projectgus.com
Thu Mar 17 18:33:50 MDT 2011

Hi Felix,

On Thu, 2011-03-17 at 22:58 +0000, Felix Karpfen wrote:
> My monthly "broadband" quota is modest and the download speeds are 
> throttled when the quota is exceeded.  So I do not think that a full "net 
> upgrade" is viable on my setup.

Who is your ISP? Quite a few ISPs offer unmetered access to a mirror of
Debian packages, so if you configure for their mirror you can download
packages without it counting against your quota.

> I am very grateful for the reference to "deb http://mirror.linux.org.au/
> debian".  I take it that "http" is smart enough to identify and use the 
> closest mirror.

Not really, it will just connect to "mirror.linux.org.au" which is the
primary Debian mirror for Australia. 

It's a probably a sensible choice, but there are lots of others. Scroll
down to "Secondary Mirrors -> Australia" on 

I noticed some ISP's mirrors, such as Internode's, are not official so
not on that list, but the mirrors still exist (at least for common

AFAIK there is no equivalent to yum's "find the closest mirror to me"

If you find a Debian mirror that is closer to you (or, better yet,
unmetered for you) then you can edit sources.list to point to it in


- Angus

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