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Topic # 65163 30-Jul-2010 12:38

This is a topic that has been touched on before, but reached no satisfactory conclusion.

Would it be possible to set up a *local* repository mirror for Linux archives, so that download of new versions & updates won't chew up my overhead?
I'd be more than happy to sacrifice my token 50MB(?) hosting allotment to achieve this, as I have absolutely no use for it.

I'm (predominantly) an Ubuntu user, so that would be my personal bias, but I know Debian/Fedora/CentOS/SuSE/BSD/etc users would also benefit from such a service & may also make WorldExchange a more preferred ISP for such users.

Is there enough demand for this?
Is this something XNet is willing to consider?

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  Reply # 359787 30-Jul-2010 12:40
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sorry freakalad... not an option at the moment




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  Reply # 359796 30-Jul-2010 12:48

maverick: sorry freakalad... not an option at the moment


dang! that sux! (thanks for the reply anyway)

Can I ask why?
(maybe there's some way the local community can help with a solution)




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  Reply # 359816 30-Jul-2010 13:01
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Ihug/Vodafone host(ed) a debian and/or ubuntu mirror from memory. 'debian.ihug.co.nz'. POC for it is Martin Kealey, whos details you will have from *LUG. Perhaps try there for starters?
It's local traffic and would be almost as good as having it within your own ISP, except perhaps, from a usage perspective...




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  Reply # 359826 30-Jul-2010 13:05
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there are a few really fast Linux mirrors in New Zealand.

specifically CityLink (the ethernet backbone and ISP provider in Wellington)
ftp://ftp.citylink.co.nz/ubuntu/

and Wicks (my old default one)
ftp://ftp.wicks.co.nz/


I know that CityLink is pretty damn fast - but does count as traffic in your usage.




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  Reply # 359829 30-Jul-2010 13:08

Yip; already use nz.archive.ubuntu.com & nz2.archive.ubuntu.com for my current setup, but that breaks out of the XNet network & so does not count as "local" (i.e. local to the network) traffic, and therefore I'm billed for that data.
If there was a mirror on the network, I can use that in stead, so keeping my systems up-to-date will be a bit cheaper (already using apt-cacher-ng, which helps a *LOT*).

Maybe I'm misinformed on this, but that's my understanding of the situation.
If the 2 mirrors indicated above are considered "local traffic", then there's no worries.




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  Reply # 359916 30-Jul-2010 14:05
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I would also like a mirror on XNet. Ubuntu and Open SUSE would be good,
Even if they just done discounted traffic to ftp.citylink.net.nz or something that would be good to,




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  Reply # 359925 30-Jul-2010 14:15


Even if they just done discounted traffic to ftp.citylink.net.nz or something that would be good to


Well, then maybe something as "simple" as a proxy/cache to the CityLink server will suffice, so that that the repo data is on-network.




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  Reply # 364708 7-Aug-2010 16:32
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I'd throw in a vote for an Arch linux mirror too, while they're (not) at it. The iHug one seems to have died about a month back.

In terms of expense, at approx $1 per GB (on Xnet pay as you go), it's hardly breaking the bank to keep your 'buntu up to date though, is it?

 

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  Reply # 364715 7-Aug-2010 16:37
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Sorry guys I hear what your asking for but it's not something we will be doing at this point...




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  Reply # 364718 7-Aug-2010 16:40
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http://mirror.ihug.co.nz/ is still alive and updated.




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  Reply # 364830 7-Aug-2010 21:13
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billgates: http://mirror.ihug.co.nz/ is still alive and updated.


Thanks for the link.

Last updated 20th of July, according to the file dates in the repo. A bit too slow for a daily rolling release distro, sadly. 

It's also curiously no longer appearing on the mirror check site;
https://www.archlinux.de/?page=MirrorStatus

Anyway, semi back on topic - I also wish Xnet would set up a twitter feed so that in the event of network outage, those of us on VFx can sign up and receive a tweet letting us know it's there's an ISP-wide network issue (rather than an individual one).

EDIT: Excellent! I just found a new up-to-date Arch mirror at Auckland university. There are a bunch of other distros on there too.

http://mirror.ece.auckland.ac.nz/archlinux/

 

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