fetching from closer mirrors?

Daniel J. Luke dluke at geeklair.net
Thu Sep 27 06:02:03 PDT 2007

On Sep 26, 2007, at 7:24 PM, cssdev at mac.com wrote:
> What about a user-initiated step (port test-mirrors?), cached into  
> one of the .conf files, that would simply compare ping results  
> among the available mirrors. It could simply store the fastest  
> mirror as the one to use. A user might be able to re-run the test  
> periodically to determine the current fastest mirrors.

Lots of places misguidedly block or filter ICMP. ... but you could  
probably create a reasonable implementation.

> Perhaps we could follow some of the work done to find the fastest  
> FreeBSD cvsup servers...
> <http://ipucu.enderunix.org/view.php?id=553&lang=en>
> We already retain a list of mirrors for a given id (sourceforge,  
> gnu, etc.), so we know the servers to query. MacPorts could store a  
> "preferred mirror" for each id based on the fastest ping results.

I look forward to seeing the patch ;-)
Daniel J. Luke
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