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6.4.15 Optimized sources.list

In short, fancy efforts to create an optimized sources.list did not produce a significant improvement for me from a location in the USA. I manually chose a nearby site using apt-setup.

apt-spy creates sources.list automatically, based on latency and bandwidth. netselect-apt creates a more complete sources.list, but uses an inferior method of choosing the best mirror (ping time comparison).

     # aptitude install apt-spy
     # cd /etc/apt ; mv sources.list sources.list.org
     # apt-spy -d testing -l sources.apt

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