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1 Choosing a Mirror

It is not necessary to prefer any mirror. All tier-1 and tier-2 mirrors serve exactly the same files; and the default mirrorlist (with multiple 'redirector' entries) is the most robust configuration. A speed boots can often be achieved by preferring one mirror; but the difference is probably not drastic. The best metric for choosing a preferred primary mirror, is latency; which is mainly related to geographical proximity. This is why we indicate the geographical location of each mirror; but tools such as ping, traceroute, mtr/mtr-gtk, and the 'reflector' package can be useful gauges also.

The tables below, are mainly interesting to Parabola sysadmins, for sorting mirrors into tiers, and coordinating their sync schedules. The bandwidth figures are not to be taken as an indication of the download speed, which any client may get from that mirror. Even if some mirror exposes a total bandwidth of 100 times more than some other; it is not an indication that you will get faster downloads from that mirror. Mirror operators are free to partition and throttle connections. It is common for mirrors to throttle each connection to approximately 8Mbit, for example. That prevents one client from hogging all of the bandwidth, and making other clients wait. A higher bandwidth number is more of an indication, that the server can serve more clients simultaneously.

Likewise, there are some private mirrors listed, which do not serve packages publicly. These are listed to assist Parabola sysadmins with scheduling; because they pull from the main Parabola repo server.

2 Parabola Mirrors Sync Schedules


  • complete missing information ('?')
  • blank cells are non-applicable to their category

Tier 1 Mirrors
HostUpstreamMinuteIntervalLocationMb/s IPv6RSYNCIPIRLGPGNotes
cyberbits.eu parabola.nu :*0 ?10m France 1000 yes yes ? ? yes tier 1 candidate - missing: irl
dotsrc.org parabola.nu :48 ?6h Denmark 10000 yes yes ? yes yes tier 1 candidate
easylee.nl parabola.nu :20 1h Netherlands 1000 yes yes ? yes yes tier 1 candidate
grapentin.org parabola.nu :00 ?4h Germany 1000 no no ? yes yes tier 1 candidate - missing: rsync,ipv6
linux.pizza parabola.nu ? ? Sweden 1000 no yes ? ? ? tier 1 candidate - missing: ipv6,irl,gpg
uwaterloo.ca parabola.nu :55 ?12h Ontario 1000 yes yes ? yes yes tier 1 candidate
Tier 2 Mirrors
HostUpstreamMinuteIntervalLocationMb/s Notes
cloroformo.org ? :59 ? Spain 150
fsf.org ? :15 ?4h Massachusettes 1000 operator prefers tier 2
infania.net ? :12 ? Sweden 100
jeweet.net ? :38 ?4h Netherlands 100
quantum-mirror.hu ? ? ?4h Hungary 700
yandex.ru ? :05 ?6h Russian Federation ?
Tier 3 Mirrors
HostUpstreamMinuteIntervalLocationMb/s Notes
freedif.org yandex.ru ? ? Vietnam 200 operator prefers un-tiered
isacdaavid.info yandex.ru ? ? Netherlands 10000 operator prefers un-tiered
umu.se ? :10 ? Sweden 20 low bandwidth
Hackers Private Mirrors
HackerUpstreamMinuteInterval Notes
bill-auger parabola.nu ? ?4h
lukeshu (beefcake) parabola.nu ? ?4h
gnutoo parabola.nu ? ?4h