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    How does apt-get determine which mirror to get packages from?
    by Anonymous on Tuesday, October 30 @ 11:01:59 GMT

    I’m doing an upgrade right now and for some reason apt choose to download from the slower ‘back-up’ mirror instead of the usual fast mirror. How does apt determine which to download from? I’ve noticed that if it can’t find a package on the one mirror it will download it from another. My current sources.list lists the faster mirror first so that can’t be the answer.

    Another question is why doesn’t apt download files from all the mirrors in the sources.list at once? I’ve noticed that it does in fact do this sometimes but not usually. I’m doing an upgrade right now and for some reason apt choose to download from the slower ‘back-up’ mirror instead of the usual fast mirror. How does apt determine which to download from? I’ve noticed that if it can’t find a package on the one mirror it will download it from another. My current sources.list lists the faster mirror first so that can’t be the answer.

    Another question is why doesn’t apt download files from all the mirrors in the sources.list at once? I’ve noticed that it does in fact do this sometimes but not usually. DanielS: apt-get will get from whichever mirror has the newest version. So, if mirror A has the latest version of vim and mirror B the latest version of emacs, it will do two similtaneous downloads – one for vim, one for emacs.


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