On Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:28:33 +0530, Piyush P Kurur firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
By the way I noticed in the mirror listing at http://www.archlinux.de/?page=MirrorStatus that our http mirrors response time is of the order of 6 seconds whereas our ftp server seems to be doing much better. (0.52).
I probably should explain how this page works. Every hour a script downloads our core.db (~35kb) and a file called lastsync from each mirror. Our mainserver puts the current time into last one every hour. This way we get a rough idea when the mirror had synced. I also time the download of that small db file to measure the response time or speed.
So this response time shouldn't be taken too serious. Due to the small file size http mostly wins over ftp because http server seem to be more optimize for low response time. You can check that by comparing the results of these commands:
time wget -q ftp://mirror.cse.iitk.ac.in/archlinux/core/os/i686/core.db.tar.gz -O /dev/null time wget -q http://mirror.cse.iitk.ac.in/archlinux/core/os/i686/core.db.tar.gz -O /dev/null
Btw: You mirror is currently not listed on http://www.archlinux.de/?page=MirrorStatus because it hasn't synced within the last week. I have setup a page which displays more information especially of outdated mirrors at https://www.archlinux.de/?page=MirrorProblems There is also an error log at the bottom of that page.