slow mirror workaround?

Felix Miata mrmazda at
Mon Apr 21 20:33:16 UTC 2014

On 2014-02-09 17:39 (GMT+0200) Ahmad Samir composed:

> Felix Miata composed:

>> Yum doesn't bother to show URL of inept mirror in use. How do I figure out
>> which to blacklist?

> Try setting the env var URLGRABBER_DEBUG=1, e.g. 'URLGRABBER_DEBUG=1 yum
> install foo', it gives a huge amount of extra debug output; the point is it
> shows the mirror yum picked to download a package.

After doing that, what next?

>> next time. If you don't have the patience, try hitting Ctrl+C during the
>> download. Ideally this should switch to a different mirror (but I'm not
>> sure if this functionality wasn't removed).

>> Not happening.

This time Ctrl-C and immediate repeat worked a charm. Is it a normally OK 
thing to do? Isn't there some way to configure Yum to see when ETA on a 
package is and stays beyond reasonable length to try some other mirror?

Details: 9 packages selected to download and install. First 8 downloaded in 
mere seconds. Last of the bunch kept producing ETAs in the 10-20 minute 
range, so after a few minutes, I aborted, and within mere seconds of restart 
all 9 were done installing.

>>  Of course, you can also edit /etc/yum/*.repo and hardcode some fast
>>> mirror near you:

>> From looking at these repo files, it's non-obvious how to deviate from the
>> standard configuration's use of variables.

>>  But that doesn't guard you against outdated mirrors, and doesn't provide
>>> fallback if your chosen mirror is down.
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