Bug 355881 - Fedora repository mirrorlist script generates wrong mirrors for Israeli IPs
Summary: Fedora repository mirrorlist script generates wrong mirrors for Israeli IPs
Alias: None
Product: Fedora Infrastructure
Classification: Retired
Component: other
Version: unspecified
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Matt Domsch
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Depends On:
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Reported: 2007-10-28 15:07 UTC by Oded Arbel
Modified: 2013-01-10 04:28 UTC (History)
5 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2007-10-30 15:43:28 UTC

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Description Oded Arbel 2007-10-28 15:07:20 UTC
Description of problem:
The mirrorlist script for the Fedora main repository
(http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/mirrorlist) has some geo-ip detection that
supposed to generate better mirror selection for users based on their location,
but when queries from Israel it generates a mirror list containing mirrors in
Turkey, Russia, China and Japan, none of which has direct connections to Israel
and as a result updates from Israel are very slow.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Try to get a mirror list from the mirrorlist script by overriding the country
code to "il" (use
for example)
Actual results:
The mirrors returned are all very slow from Israel

Expected results:
List of mirrors that are relevant to an Israeli user

Additional info:
Israel has very good uplinks to the UK and US, so I would expect a mirror list
generated for an Israeli audience to include mirrors from those locations. As
such, unless the user manually adds "country=us" to the mirror list URL in each
YUM repo file, the download speed for updates is around single digit KB/sec -
even with the fastestmirrors plugin, as it has no actual fast mirrors to compare

Comment 1 Mike McGrath 2007-10-29 15:40:15 UTC
This is part of our fallback code recently implemented.  Israel does not have
enough local mirrors to actually generate a list, so it falls back to continent.
 Actual links are not tracked in GeoIP.

From a solution that would work for everyone, what would you have us do?

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2007-10-29 15:53:08 UTC
Move Israel to Europe for purposes of continent, maybe?

Comment 3 Oded Arbel 2007-10-29 16:01:51 UTC
Moving Israel to Europe sounds like a solution as most European mirrors are fast
enough from Israel. Grouping by continent sounds like a nice idea on paper, but
outside of Europe and North America (maybe South also) it doesn't make much
sense, especially for Asia which is a really big place (the biggest) and
countries on one side of it are not connected at all to countries on the other
side - Japan and China has much better connectivity to the USA then to anything
else. I'm not sure whats the deal with Turkey - maybe its just one slow mirror.

How do you do continent detection without GeoIP ? If you'd look at the regional
IP registry for Israeli IPs (for example, mine -, you'd notice
that its RIPE which serves Europe and the middle east. 

Comment 4 Matt Domsch 2007-10-30 15:43:28 UTC
I've remapped .IL into Europe.  Because Israel has no mirrors, you will get the
mirrorlist for Europe instead.

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