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       mirrors - measure response times from mirrors


       mirrors [ -f file ] [ -n max ] [ -v ] [ -h ]


       Mirrors runs fping(1) for each site listed in file to measure the round
       trip time of a small ICMP packet.  It reports the results in increasing
       order  of  response  time  (i.e.,  fastest one first). Smaller response
       times give higher download speed.

       When mirrors runs it may first give error messages ending "address  not
       found"  meaning your domain name servers could not find the IP address.
       Then it gives error messages starting "ICMP  Unreachable"  meaning  the
       site  did not answer the ICMP echo request.  These sites are not in the
       final list of response times and FQDN.  A large FDQN file  like  debian
       can take several minutes to process. Be patient!

       If  you  do  not  want  messages  about  any  FQDN  please edit file in
       /etc/mirror/sites/ to remove the undesired FQDN or create your own FQDN
       file there with a new name.


       -d     Display extra messages for debugging.

       -f file
              where file contains the FQDN of the sites compared one per line.
              The base directory for file is /etc/mirror/sites/.  The  default
              is   to   give   a  help  message.   You  can  have  a  file  in
              /etc/mirror/sites/ for each archive network you mirror. If  file
              is   not   found  here  mirrors  searches  the  current  working
              directory. The mirror package includes  FQDN  list  files  CPAN,
              CTANand  debian for the corresponding archive networks.  You can
              remove a site from mirrors tests by deleting or  commenting  its
              line in file.

       -h     Displays a short help message.

       -n max The  number of sites displayed at program end. The default value
              is 20.

       -v     Display version and copyright information.


       The closest and fastest mirror may not be  the  most  up  to  date  and
       complete.  You  must  also  consider ISP charges in selecting a mirror.
       Before mirroring a site check  its  READMEs  to  see  if  mirroring  is


       Dirk  Eddelbuettel  <>  wrote debian-mirrors between 1998
       and 2001.  Ian Maclaine-cross <> generalized and  renamed
       it mirrors in 2003.


       Ian Maclaine-cross <>


       fping(1), mirror(1), mirror-master(1), netselect(1).

                                 Debian Linux                       MIRRORS(1)