How to sort mirrors by speed


(Hans Tovetjärn) #1

When downloading packages pacman uses the mirrors in the order they are in /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist. To set a priority to mirrors, the mirrorlist file has to be sorted manually, or using a script. The core/pacman package provides a Bash script, /usr/bin/rankmirrors, which can be used to rank the mirrors according to their connection and opening speeds to take advantage of using the fastest local mirror.

First create a backup copy of the existing /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist:

# cp /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.backup

Then rank the mirrors and overwrite the original file with the result:

# rankmirrors -n 4 /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist.backup > /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

The operand -n 4 means that only the four (4) fastest mirrors are included in the output. Run rankmirrors -h for a list of all the available options. Also see the mirror status web page to get the status of all known, public, and active Chakra mirrors.

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(tom) #2

this step isn’t necessary because our mirrors are not commented like in arch linux

(Hans Tovetjärn) #3

Duly noted, it was changed back in October 2015. I should probably look at the sources rather than my installation.

(Void) #4

There’s a catch. I was given a French mirror as the top one. Probably it has the lowest ping time, but the transfer there is capped at 100KB/s. Therefore the first update after installation has taken me many hours.
I’ve removed that one manually, and the rest of them work like a charm.