slow distfiles mirror

Brandon Allbery allbery.b at
Mon Aug 8 10:31:44 PDT 2016

On Mon, Aug 8, 2016 at 1:24 PM, Daniel J. Luke <dluke at> wrote:

> I'm interested in what unique network situation causes the rtt test to be
> an unreliable indicator of which mirror to choose.

I have a feeling you misunderstood that. Everyone has a unique situation
which can include broken local stuff (I have to go through a local network
not under my control that likes to have 80% loss on "ping" at various times
of the day, all incurred locally), consumer level providers that might
interfere in various ways (see e.g. the Comcast situation in the US), etc.

The Comcast thing is especially enlightening, as they claim to have the
right to throttle connections unless *both ends* pay them extra. (The FCC
disagrees. Congress, being Congress, thinks that what would have once been
called "extortion" is a splendid business plan indeed.)

brandon s allbery kf8nh                               sine nomine associates
allbery.b at                                  ballbery at
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