June 30, 2012

One week later

It's been over a week since I publicly announced the Debian mirrors redirector.
It was covered in several places, including Linux Magazin and mentioned in the latest Debian Project News.

Thanks to all that, and quite a number of early testers of the wheezy image for the Raspberry Pi, http.debian.net has processed over one million requests from APT clients alone. This figure doesn't count users of apt-cacher/apt-cacher-ng/approx, or those who happen to be mirroring Debian with wget. Oh, and this is only the number of requests since last Sunday, when the logs were rotated.

By the way, if you are going to Debconf12 in Nicaragua, why don't you give http.debian.net a try and forget about switching mirrors?

I'm happy to see how it was welcomed and the many emails, blog comments, IRC messages, and other sorts of messages I've received about it. There are surely some rough edges but the service is still under development and all the feedback helps.

In some cases there appear to be some confusion as to how exactly it chooses the mirrors and why sometimes some mirrors are not used. I'll try to cover some of those topics in this blog, hoping the

P.S. If you've sent me an email about http.d.n and I haven't replied, please rest assured I try to take a quick look at them but I can't reply to every single message fast enough.

Thanks to everyone!


  1. I use the http.debian.net but get this error:

    Ign stable/non-free Translation-en_US
    Ign stable/non-free Translation-en
    Fetched 512 kB in 4min 54s (1,738 B/s)
    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    W: Failed to fetch 404 Not Found

    E: Some index files failed to download. They have been ignored, or old ones used instead.

    any idea please