plugwash wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:09 pm
bensimmo wrote: ↑
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:46 pm
It would be much nicer if the mirror director tried the next mirror if it did not work
The mirror director just looks up the requested file and the clients location in a database and returns a redirect. There is a mechanism in place to disable broken mirrors but it only works if the mirror is broken from our servers point of view, if the mirror is working from our servers point of view but broken from your point of view then the mirror director has no means of knowing that.
The mirror director does actually send information about alternative mirrors alongside the redirect but apt currently has no mechanism to use this information. Raphel Gissert has talked about adding support but it seems never got around to actually doing so https://lists.debian.org/deity/2014/04/msg00098.html
It's was an absolute pain for me with mythicbeast being ipv6 only.
(In the uk, but ipv6 would not work through our servers somewhere)
Thankfully it's moved from there now.
Hmm, mirror.mythic-beasts.com seems to be dual stack to me.
At the time mythic-beasts only gave me ipv6 access as it did other, maybe they have changed. I have no idea, but it was always ipv6 addresses given. It did shift a bit back after Raspbian changed the settings (a few months back, I could check but when people started having apt install problems as they hadn't refreshed with apt update after the upgraded)
Our ISP does not support ipv6, they see no need to give us one as they have "plenty of ipv4 left, so will not bother until they run out"
Given this is brand new FTTH connections and infrastructure and an effective monopoly over our city and surroundings.
I had to keep apt update(information) until it gave a different mirror.
There have been other with ipv6 problems to on the forums.
I do realise there is not a lot you can do, but the annoyance of what should be in anything using mirrors in a world where torrent or multiple servers setups are normal.
Luckily I could use the force ipv4, but always forgot what it was after a new setup.
(Yes I do see some irony, given the fact I still cannot get a 20odd year old standard from an ISP.)
Shame Raphael hasn't updated apt technology and usability in the past 4 years.
Given it would have eased my problem, this problem and the other similar mirror down problems people have had.