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Description of problem:
Currently yum mirror list is located at fedora.redhat.com.
This makes yum to fail if user can not reach the web site.
The web site could become unreachable with multiple reasons such as
the site being down, or various Internet problem.
(i.e., BGP problem, filtering, etc.)
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
2.fedora.redhat.com is unreachable for some reason
Actual Results: unable to use yum without changing the configuration
Expected Results: yum to use local mirror site list to workaround the problem.
Having a local list could become outdated. However the mirror list file could
also be sent out as an update. These are just my thoughts, I'm reassigning the
bug to yum, to get their thoughts on the idea.
The default configuration is set in fedora-release, and this is where the
change would need to take place. I'm adjusting the component accordingly.
This is something that we can fix for future releases, so I'm changing the
version accordingly. We can talk about backporting once it is fixed in devel.
I'm not entirely convinced that including a mirror list in the distribution is
the way to go.
* Get the mirror list included in the repositories, so that all mirrors
contain the list.
* Split the yum config into a separate package to facilitate regular updates
with a local list.
* A GUI tool for configuring yum might convince more users to set up their
mirrors. This could be integrated with something like firstboot.
Our work to get bouncer working for mirror management will also provide a good
improvement in this direction.
another, easier option.
Don't include the mirrorlist and we modify yum to download and store a
mirrorlist on the first run and it expires the mirrorlist at a similar
time-scale as the repomd.xml expiration.
Keeping the mirror list isn't going to scale. And I'm not convinced that saving
the mirror list will really buy us much either. We really just need to continue
forward on the improvements on the infrastructure side so that the chances of
not being able to get the mirror list are near zero