[clug] wheezy-backports seems a bit busted

Scott Ferguson scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com
Thu Apr 9 19:01:48 MDT 2015

On 10/04/15 10:26, David C wrote:
> Odd, the servers I've been working with were experiencing the problem
> consistently, but manually loading the page works for me today, whereas it
> didn't yesterday. When I get access to the troublesome servers again, I'll
> test again and see if I can get a resolution.
> I'd guess a mirror died yesterday and has been cut out of the redirector
> today.
> .. And yes, it is Debian.net rather than .org - my mistake, but the problem
> was real as the servers don't use my typos to find their repo.

I don't doubt the problem is real. I've experienced it often enough
myself, when it works it's fine, it's the rest of the time that's a
pain. Which is why I no longer use the redirector for boxes located in
this country and just use a local mirror instead.
Usually mirror.optus.net, debian.asis.io, mirror.transact.net.au, or
mirror.aarnet.edu.au depending on the ISP (I've previously provided a
list of local mirrors - should still be somewhere in CLUG archives.

Like you I found it would fail to redirect to a mirror either directly
invoked through /etc/apt/sources.list/.d  or proxyied through
apt-cacher-ng - but would load in a browser (fail to redirect). It's
'probably' a good idea for those that roam the planet or are just too
lazy to find local mirrors. The latter is the motivation for the
redirector creation as too many non-USians were hammering the US mirrors.

> On 10 April 2015 at 10:00, Scott Ferguson <scott.ferguson.clug at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> On 10/04/15 08:57, David C wrote:
>>> Hello all,
>>> Has anyone else noticed that http://http.debian.org
>>> wheezy-backports/main isn't there any more?
>> Um, that's not the redirector I use:-
>> deb http://http.debian.*net*/debian wheezy-backports main
>> I'm not certain that repository redirector was ever there.
>>> After poking around the Debian website, they still recommend that people
>>> use that repo, and don't suggest anywhere to report that it is broken.
>> Are you sure that it's debian.*org* and not debian.*net* that's
>> recommended for the redirector??
>>> fyi: an alternate fix is to use http://ftp.debian.org
>> wheezy-backports/main
>>> (or http://ftp.au.debian.org wheezy-backports/main).
>> Always quicker to hard code the repository as you suggest. Though I'd
>> recommend using the mirror provided by your ISP - it'll be faster, less
>> load on the official Debian mirrors, and usually doesn't affect your
>> download quota. iiNet, Optus, Telstra etc all have local mirrors.
>>> Thanks,
>>> David
>> See also:-
>> http://http.debian.net/
>> Kind regards
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