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A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

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A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#1 Postby timkb4cq » Fri Apr 24, 2015 7:14 pm

Community Repository traffic hit an all-time record last month at over twice the prior years average. Only 1/3 of this traffic was from the US, while Germany, France, U.K, & Italy together accounted for another 1/3.

Accordingly, I've set up a repository mirror in the Netherlands that should serve our European users better, as well as provide some desirable redundancy.

The mirror is located at http://nl.mxrepo.com and these URLs may be used in place of the corresponding main.mepis-deb entries you are currently using.

deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/xfce/ xfce-4.10 main
deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/repo/ mepis12cr main non-free
# deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/mx-test/ mx-14 test
# deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/testrepo/ mepis12cr test

BTW, mxrepo.com also points to the old US server and may be used interchangeably with main.mepis-deb.org

Enjoy!
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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#2 Postby Jerry3904 » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:22 pm

I've set up a repository mirror in the Netherlands
How did you do that, exactly?

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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#3 Postby timkb4cq » Fri Apr 24, 2015 9:55 pm

It's a self-managed VPS, running debian and using apt-mirror to sync. Whenever I upload packages to the old server I take a few seconds to trigger apt-mirror on the new one. Unless there are some massive packages it takes less than a minute to sync.
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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#4 Postby Gaer Boy » Sat Apr 25, 2015 4:31 am

A good development, Tim. For the information of those who might benefit, I've been using the new mirror since last weekend and it definitely gives a better speed for me. In particular, reloading the repos is about twice as fast as before.

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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#5 Postby Jerry3904 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 7:42 am

How is this going to be handled systemically?

I have trouble seeing a scenario where every user finds out about this in some haphazard fashion, tries to figure out how to change from the default setup, makes errors, etc. Seems like a headache both for the user and for maintenance.

Would it be best to get this done during installation? Maybe a single question about which server to use, or does the installer do it automatically by location? Or does a button go in MX Tools? Etc.

It seems to me that the Dev Team might want to mull this over a bit sometime.
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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#6 Postby timkb4cq » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:40 am

Debian uses a question during install, and maintains a list of hundreds of mirrors. Users wishing to change mirrors after installation are left to edit their sources manually.
I don't think we'll have too much trouble. Most users don't change sources after installation unless they have a problem.
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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#7 Postby Jerry3904 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 8:43 am

Can't say as I think having users do manual edits is optimal for our mission and audience.
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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#8 Postby lucky9 » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:24 pm

I've thought that the migration instructions have been reasonably functional. Perhaps a note would be useful in the Docs or here at the forum. Adding a note and link to instructions on the forum might be easiest?
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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#9 Postby ko » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:30 pm

EU users of Mepis 12 and MX: replace (as root) the contents of /etc/apt/sources.list.d/mepis.list as follows to point to the dutch mirror:

# Dutch Mirror of Mepis Community Main and Test Repos for Mepis 12 and MX
deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/xfce/ xfce-4.10 main
deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/repo/ mepis12cr main non-free
deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/mx-test/ mx-14 test
deb http://nl.mxrepo.com/mepiscr/testrepo/ mepis12cr test

Disable test repos if deemed necessary. Mine are enabled.

btw: in the debian.list I always use european ( .nl. or .de.) debian repos, replacing the default .us. ones
Last edited by ko on Sat Apr 25, 2015 5:58 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: A European mirror for MX-14 / MEPIS 12 repositories

#10 Postby Gaer Boy » Sat Apr 25, 2015 12:44 pm

On a Live boot, using F2 to select English (UK) the UK debian mirrors are listed in sources. I don't know where this magic happens, but could something similar be done for the MX mirrors?

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