Repository Mirrors - how often are they updated

Daniel Mons daniel.mons at
Wed Jun 6 05:18:08 BST 2007

I've not used approx, but one of my pet peeves with apt-proxy is it can 
bomb out if the mirror it points to has speed issues or 404's on 
packages.  Some sort of intelligent checking and auto-pruning of the 
remote hosts would be a welcome addition.

With that said, when it does work (ie: when I choose the right mirrors), 
it works very well.


Karl Bowden wrote:
> I'm using approx for local apt caching.
> Not sure what the difference is. It was REALLY easy to setup though.
> Anybody have any plus' or minus' for approx vs apt-proxy?
> - Karlos
> On 6/6/07, *Daniel Mons* <daniel.mons at 
> <mailto:daniel.mons at>> wrote:
>     I'm an iiNet user, and have never had any problems with their mirrors
>     (Ubuntu or otherwise).  I find they stay within sync of the primary
>     mirrors within 24 hours, which is good enough for me.  As already
>     mentioned, if you're having some issues maybe contact tech support and
>     find out if there's a problem somewhere between you and the mirror.
>     East-coast iiNet users can also download from Pacific Mirror (also a
>     PIPE Networks member) without any cost to their monthly quota:
>     Also, if you run a business or have more than one Ubuntu machine on your
>     LAN, consider using apt-proxy:
>     I use it for all my clients (businesses ranging from 2 PCs to 1000 for
>     my biggest client) and it works marvelously.  It speeds up local
>     upgrades and installs, and saves them a bucket of download quota in the
>     process.
>     -Dan
>     Gavin wrote:
>      >  I've been an Ubuntu user for a little while now and enjoy a
>     little tinkering
>      > and tweaking as my experience and competence with it grows. A few
>     months ago I
>      > changed my repos to iinet's ftp mirror and thought that I was
>     onto a good thing
>      > - being an ozemail/iinet customer it wouldn't count toward my quotas.
>      >
>      > However, I've found that updates were less frequent, and often
>     failed to
>      > download on first or second attempts. Lately, it seems worse - no
>     updates fromm
>      > the iinet mirror for several weeks.  If I change the repos back
>     to the official
>      > au mirror, or add other mirrors, within a few minutes there is a
>     backlog of
>      > updates waiting -- if I change straight back to iinet, the
>     'updates available'
>      > icon soon disappears.
>      >
>      > I suspect that iinet may not be updating its mirror very
>     frequently, or having
>      > some other problems. Apt and Synaptic work fine and normal
>     package downloads are
>      > usually very fast, so the iinet repo works, but I don't seem to
>     be getting any
>      > updates from there.
>      >
>      > Any iinet Ubuntu users having similar problems? Other mirrors?
>      >
>      >
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