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Re: Some thoughts on the yum tutorial

On Wed, 2005-07-27 at 22:34 +0900, Yoshihiro Totaka wrote:
> Paul W. Frields wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-07-27 at 11:58 +0100, Timothy Murphy wrote:
> > 
> >>Stuart Ellis wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>>3. I would have started by discussing the entries in /etc/yum.repos.d/ ,
> >>>>perhaps with model entries for the 3 standard repositories.
> >>>>That would enable people to get started as quickly as possible.
> >>>
> >>>Yum in FC4 has been set up so it now isn't necessary to directly work
> >>>with the contents of the configuration files at all for normal usage.
> >>>It works out of the box, using the Fedora repositories, and you can add
> >>>and remove third-party repositories by copying .repo files (or having an
> >>>application do it).
> >>
> >>I always replace the repositories given in the default entries
> >>by local repositories (I mean in Ireland, in my case).
> >>I don't know if that is standard practice.
> > 
> > 
> > It's not, since the default entries are to mirror lists and not single
> > sites.  Your package requests go to a random mirror entry, meaning
> > there's a basic and large-scale load balancing that happens without you
> > having to do anything.  What happens otherwise if your local repo is
> > down?
> > 
> There is a country mirror list and simply adding country code to default 
> mirror list works. I am living in Japan and using default mirror list is 
> unbearably slow. So I am using following following mirror lists.
> http://fedora.redhat.com/download/mirrors/fedora-core-$releasever.jp
> Mentioning of these country mirror list would be nice.
> (I am not saying everyone should use it.)

This is not a bad idea, but I notice that in quite a few cases, the
country-specific mirrors are only one server.  Since intracontinental
bandwidth is generally good (right?), this may not be strictly
necessary.  Of course, if you don't use it at all, chances are pretty
good that quite a bit of EMEA traffic will end up coming to the US.  My
understanding is that's still undesirable.  Anybody know differently?

For what it's worth, I usually add the .us.east to the end of mine, as
well.  Perhaps it's worth filing a bug against firstboot to see if the
developers can incorporate a way to feed the country mirror list to the
user for selection?

Paul W. Frields, RHCE                          http://paul.frields.org/
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