[tex-live] Choosing mirrors

Lars Madsen daleif at imf.au.dk
Mon Jan 6 10:21:57 CET 2014

I do not use the gui normally either, just wondered why I kept getting a Dutch mirror instead of the very fast Danish mirror at dorsrc.org

/Lars Madsen
Institut for Matematik / Department of Mathematics
Aarhus Universitet / Aarhus University
Mere info: http://au.dk/daleif@imf / More information: http://au.dk/en/daleif@imf

From: Robin Fairbairns [Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk]
Sent: 03 January 2014 17:39
To: Lars Madsen
Cc: tex-live at tug.org
Subject: Re: [tex-live] Choosing mirrors

Lars Madsen <daleif at imf.au.dk> wrote:

> BTW:
> how does tlmgr choose the closest mirror?

it doesn't "choose" the closest, it goes to something that looks plausible.

> I'm in DK
> If I run
> tlmgr -gui
> and choose 'load default repository'
> then I end up at utwente.nl
> whereas choosing 'load default net repository'
> gives me
> http://mirrors.dotsrc.org/ctan/
> (the same as mirror.ctan.org)

huh?  mirror.ctan.org is a meta-address, doing nothing but redirecting
to some other site.

> Why this difference?

there are several "believed plausible" machines for any given location
of users.  mirror.ctan.org doesn't "remember" what it gave you last

> And how should users know the difference between 'default repository'
> and 'default net repository'?

pass.  i don't use guis if i can help it, and hadn't read the blurbs
around that app.


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