I was missing the old Ubuntu version of Synaptic and went looking to see how they did the selecting best mirror thing in Software Sources.
I found netselect-apt - it's in the Debian repos.
Tricky to use - I couldn't use the first selection it gave me and another time it came up blank but some may find it useful. I eventually found a fast server not too far away.
This is cool, Toolz! I'm messing around with it now.
I also crossposted it since repos came up in the thread: http://crunchbanglinux.org/forums/post/61620/#p61620
Usage and tips:
Last edited by chillicampari (2010-03-28 00:10:43)
Glad you like it!
I just also played with apt-spy.
It takes a slightly different approach - whereas netselect-apt performs pings, apy-spy spends 20 seconds downloading from each server. The results could be slow unless you limit by area or countries.
sudo apt-spy -d squeeze -a Asia
... and it gave me a very fast server in-country that I didn't know about.
options: -d distribution Debian distribution (ie, stable). Required unless updating. -a area Area to benchmark. (eg, Europe). -c config Configuration file to use. -e number Number of servers to benchmark before exiting. -y section-list Comma separated list of section other then main to include. -f file File to grab when benchmarking. (relative to Debian base). -i file Specify input file. For use with the -w option. -m mirror-list Mirror list to use, or mirror-list to update when updating. -o output-file Where to put output. -p proxy Proxy server to use. In format <server>:[port] -s country_list List of countries to benchmark. Cannot be used with -a. -t time Time to benchmark each server for. An approximate value only. -u update-URL URL to grab mirror-list from when updating. -w file Output top servers (5 by default) to file for use with -i. -n number Specifies number of top servers to output with -w. -v Output a version number. -h Display this message. update Update the mirror list.