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

Jason j.lee.nielsen at gmail.com
Thu Mar 17 19:01:27 MDT 2011

There is such a feature it is called apt-spy

 from memory you run it as

apt-spy -d stable -s AU


On Fri, 18 Mar 2011 11:33:50 +1100, Angus Gratton <gus at projectgus.com> wrote:

> 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
> http://www.debian.org/mirror/list
> 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
> versions/variants).
> AFAIK there is no equivalent to yum's "find the closest mirror to me"
> feature.
> 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
> particular.
> Hth.
> - Angus

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