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Re: Idea for ftp (apt yum) mirrors



Jos Vos writes:

On Sun, Nov 30, 2003 at 06:06:18PM +0100, Jaap A. Haitsma wrote:

I don't know if javascript can do this but I just use for explaining the idea.

You could also enhance apt or yum with this.

Does this exist? Is it possible? If it possible/exists why does nobody use it.

Javascript (brrr...) would only work with a (graphical) browser, while lost of downloads are done via command-line ftp (ncftpget) or http (curl, wget) clients.

The default list of up2date sources already uses an HTTP redirect:


Nov 24 07:11:05 Privoxy(-1158255696) Request: fedora.redhat.com/releases/fedora-core-1/headers/header.info
Nov 24 07:11:05 Privoxy(-1158255696) Request: download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/1/i386/os/headers/header.info

Looking at the logs, _EVERY_ request from up2date gets redirected in this fashion. This actually slows things down for no good reason.

The only thing that needs to be done here is to have up2date pay attention to the first redirect, and all subsequent requests would go directly to the redirected site; then have the original redirector check the available mirrors, and choose the most appropriate one for the client's request.

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