[pacman-dev] Manual rankmirrors.

Kevin Chadwick ma1l1ists at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Apr 26 06:14:58 EDT 2012

On Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:55:32 -0400
Dave Reisner wrote:

> How about ranking mirrors by a metric that's actually meaningful?
> rankmirrors uses ping, which is utterly worthless, as you're seeing
> right here. Mirror selection should be based on:

Aah, I always use tcping (or is it hping) for testing tcp connectivity.

Does it not check throughput and such.

> 1) locality (and hopefully that correlates with speed)
> 2) update-to-date-ness
> We provide a tool on www.archlinux.org [1] that offers this already. If
> you suffer from the inability to make decisions, you can use Reflector,
> which merely parses a JSON representation of this page and suggests
> something for you.

Well I chose the servers well manually, one night I guess the ISP UK2
was moving some data around or something because it went really slow so
I added rankmirrors to my update script.

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