[arch-dev-public] [RFC] Mirror load distribution

Jelle van der Waa jelle at vdwaa.nl
Mon Jan 30 20:57:05 UTC 2017

On 01/30/17 at 08:39pm, Florian Pritz via arch-dev-public wrote:
> Hi,
> I've just received a report from a mirror admin about some very heavy
> traffic. After some investigation it appears that the traffic towards
> his mirror started to rise around the beginning of the new year when we
> disabled the mirror checker on gerolde. Since we now only have a mirror
> checker running in Germany and his server is actually in the same data
> centre as ours, the mirror checks completed very quickly.

I can't think of an elegant solution for this issue.

> I'm thinking about removing the mirror score from archweb's output and
> more importantly, not sorting mirrors based on this score but rather
> randomizing the list returned in [2]. It could still take the score into
> account by limiting the returned set to mirror that are not totally out
> of date, but I'd remove the sorting. The score doesn't really have a lot
> a meaning anyways since it's just from our point of view.
> Does anyone have hard feeling about this? If not I'll prepare a patch in
> the next few days.

Idea sounds good to me, don't forget that you can also 'generate a
mirrorlist' here, so you might want to remove the 'use mirror status'
option there too. (or was that not part of the plan?) [1]

[1] https://www.archlinux.org/mirrorlist/

Jelle van der Waa
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