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    Question Server Issues?

    Hey everyone, I just upgraded from Gutsy to Hardy.

    But now, when I try to install packages through Synaptic, I've noticed that I can't download anything, or if I CAN download any files....it goes VERY slowly...around 30 kb/s

    Normally, I download at around 1.2 Mb/s

    Hopefully the servers are just being slammed from people upgrading like crazy, and the server priority is just being given to them, not people like me who are trying to download single items through Synaptic

    Thanks for your thoughts!


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    Re: Server Issues?

    Do you get your normal speed elsewhere, e.g. torrents, ftp servers, etc.?
    If so, then it must be just the servers being jammed.

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    Re: Server Issues?

    System>Administration>Software Sources

    In the first tab (Ubuntu Software) click on the button to the right of "Download From:", then click "Other...". A new box will pop up. Click on the button that says Select Best Server. It will ping about 200 different servers, and the one with the fastest will be shown, allowing you to confirm what it thinks would work best for you and your Internet connection.

    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Server Issues?

    I am getting normal speeds elsewhere, yes.

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    Re: Server Issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by diablo75 View Post
    System>Administration>Software Sources

    In the first tab (Ubuntu Software) click on the button to the right of "Download From:", then click "Other...". A new box will pop up. Click on the button that says Select Best Server. It will ping about 200 different servers, and the one with the fastest will be shown, allowing you to confirm what it thinks would work best for you and your Internet connection.

    Hope this helps!
    Hmm! I never knew that!

    I'll try it right now.

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    Re: Server Issues?

    Well, it works....but my download speeds are still wildly variable....I can't stand that.

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    Re: Server Issues?

    Remember that hardy was only released a short time ago, so it is in high demand - everyone clicking "update now" in their update manager will be increasing the load on the apt servers you use.

    It comes down to the simple open source perogative - if you don't like it, do it yourself. You could set yourself up as a mirror and let people download off you - that way you can get great speeds.

    Otherwise, I suggest if things don't speed up in a couple of weeks, you may wish to find a new mirror.
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    Re: Server Issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by CoeusTitan View Post
    Well, it works....but my download speeds are still wildly variable....I can't stand that.
    Different files are downloaded from different locations. The servers you're pointing at with the Software Sources applet house some updates, but also keep track of third-party Ubuntu partner projects, such as Open Office. If I understand it correctly, the software sources simply keeps track of updates available in all the different Universe/Multiverse/etc, but doesn't necessarily house all of the actual files you download, since some are coming from third party developers own web servers (which can be overwhelmed more easily by comparison). This is why on some days, it seems that update for Skype just won't download for anything, but a Linux kernel update never seems to have trouble (just an example).

    If watching your download speeds vary so greatly bothers you, minimize your update manager and go get a cup of coffee or do something arbitrary to pass the time.


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    Re: Server Issues?

    Quote Originally Posted by diablo75 View Post

    If watching your download speeds vary so greatly bothers you, minimize your update manager and go get a cup of coffee or do something arbitrary to pass the time.

    Good idea, I think I'll do just that.


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