Release Engineering

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FS#22510 - Netinstall should use an updated mirrorlist

Attached to Project: Release Engineering
Opened by Dan McGee (toofishes) - Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 15:13 GMT
Last edited by Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera) - Monday, 26 November 2012, 04:47 GMT
Task Type Bug Report
Category AIF
Status Closed
Assigned To No-one
Architecture All
Severity Low
Priority Normal
Reported Version 2010.05
Due in Version Undecided
Due Date Undecided
Percent Complete 100%
Votes 11
Private No


Since we don't have ISO updates weekly, the mirror list included with the CD can often be wrong. If someone is doing a netinstall anyway, it should be pretty trivial to update this mirrorlist before continuing by just adding a fetch step of this URL:
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Closed by  Gerardo Exequiel Pozzi (djgera)
Monday, 26 November 2012, 04:47 GMT
Reason for closing:  Deferred
Comment by Piech Nohsahn (Piech) - Wednesday, 20 April 2011, 12:15 GMT
I just downloaded the Netinstall and ending up with a year old archlinux installation because of an outdated mirror.

I would suggest that the netinstall should sync from a few selected mirrors and in the event of any of them getting outdated then the iso will have to be updated.
Comment by Andrew Mellor (quantumphaze) - Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 13:39 GMT
There are many new mirrors that have come about even before the old 2010.05 iso that are not included like the Optus mirror in Australia. Arch has gained enough popularity for ISPs to warrant mirroring the repos.
Comment by Dieter Plaetinck (Dieter_be) - Wednesday, 17 August 2011, 09:13 GMT
problems I see:
- not easy to pick the "best" mirror (high speed, low latency, up to date)
- listing may contain outdated / no longer valid mirrors, and may lack recently introduced mirrors.
Can partly be solved by updating the mirrorlist package (or fetching from ), but we also need some way to select "the best" mirror. I believe we also have a page for that somewhere
Comment by Dan McGee (toofishes) - Wednesday, 17 August 2011, 12:29 GMT

However, our mirrors are kept extremely up to date in the web interface, so I think you're making the problems out to be bigger than they actually are. This sorted list also can be misleading for people on the other side of th world as latencies obviously differ from our main server. No matter what a list pulled from the website is going to be more relevant than the one on the ISO, so adding this one step seems like the right thing to do.