As a service primarily aimed at our customers, we provide local mirrors for most of the distributions used within our hosting environment.
Use of the mirror server does not contribute towards your monthly bandwidth allowance, thus it allows you to save time and money but not compromise on keeping your system up-to-date. If there is a public archive which you make frequent use of which you’d like to see mirrored, please contact us and we’ll try to find space to mirror it.
For the full, up-to-date list of what is on offer head over to the server itself. The mirror is available on both IPv4 and IPv6.
- Blastwave (www.blastwave.org)
- CentOS (www.centos.org)
- CFengine (www.cfengine.org)
- CPAN (www.cpan.org)
- Debian GNU/Linux (www.debian.org)
- Debian GNU/Linux Backports (www.backports.org)
- Debian GNU/Linux Volatile Packages (www.debian.org/volatile)
- Dotdeb (www.dotdeb.org)
- Fedora Linux (www.fedora.org) (including EPEL)
- FreeBSD (www.freebsd.org)
- Gentoo Linux — distfiles & portage tree (www.gentoo.org)
- MySQL (www.mysql.com)
- OpenBSD (www.openbsd.org)
- Slackware Linux (www.slackware.org)
- Sun Freeware (www.sunfreeware.com)
- Parallels Plesk (www.plesk.com)
- Ubuntu Linux — archive (www.ubuntu.com)
- Ubuntu Linux — CD and DVD releases (releases.ubuntu.com)
The debian-backports, debian, ubuntu and ubuntu-releases mirrors are updated on a push basis, i.e. an upstream mirror notifies our mirror when an update is due. All other mirrors are updated every 4 hours, apart from
- gentoo-portage — 30 minutes
- blastwave, debian-dotdeb — 8 hours
- cfengine, mysql, swsoft-plesk — 12 hours
All mirrors are complete for all architectures.
Using the mirrors with your machine
Here are some instructions on how to use our mirrors with the various distributions.
Add or replace the deb lines in
/etc/apt/sources.list with the following:
# /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/debian lenny main contrib non-free deb-src http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/debian lenny main contrib non-free
Official repositories of Debian have a reputation for being rock solid and stable, but missing out on some newer software. backports.org is a very useful site containing backports of some newer software to Debian:
# /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-backports.list deb http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/debian-backports lenny-backports main deb-src http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/debian-backports lenny-backports main
This repository tracks regularly updating packages such as anti-virus definitions and spam-filtering rules, that would not make it into the normal stable repositories.
# /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-volatile.list deb http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free deb-src http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
Ubuntu have a regular release schedule, so you should replace “lucid” in the examples below with the release of Ubuntu that your machine is using.
# /etc/apt/sources.list deb http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/ubuntu lucid main restricted deb-src http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/ubuntu lucid main restricted
This is a full mirror, and carries the backports, updates and proposed packages for all available distributions of Ubuntu. The universe and multiverse components are also available.
We also mirror Ubuntu releases for CD and DVD image downloads.
Add this file into the directory /etc/yum.repos.d to use our CentOS mirror.
Add this file into the directory /etc/yum.repos.d to get your machine using our mirrors.
Ensure the following lines are present in your /etc/make.conf
Comprehensive Perl Archive Network (CPAN)
CPAN is the canonical source of code for your Perl applications. To use our mirror, Start `cpan` and then issue the commands:
o conf urllist unshift http://mirror.bytemark.co.uk/cpan/ o conf commit
Then to check you’re using our mirror:
“I've stayed with Bytemark over a few years mainly because of the great value for money, service and overall package you deliver. Now using Symbiosis all the fiddly little bits and pieces that used to confuse me are a thing of the past. It's great how it joins all the best UNIX software for the job and makes it so easy to set up.”