How to select fastest Debian mirror using netselect-apt

Valic —  April 8, 2013 — 1 Comment

netselect-apt downloads a list of all mirrors from the Debian website. Then checks which server is nearer to your server. And finally it creates a sources.list file in your current directory.

In this guide I will show you how to install and use netselect-apt to select the fastest mirror for you.

1. Install netselect-apt:

apt-get install netselect-apt

2. How to use netselect-apt:

netselect-apt squeeze

After few seconds you will get the answer:

The fastest server seems to be:
http://ftp.lug.ro/debian/

Writing sources.list.
Done.

3. Enable the sources.list that you just created:

Just copy the sources.list netselect-apt created to your  /etc/apt/ folder and run apt-get update

Valic

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