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How can I get apt to use a mirror close to me, or choose a faster mirror?

When I try to update with apt-get update, it seems to not resolve the server Is it down?

I suppose it's a mirror of If it is, how could I set my mirror to


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marked as duplicate by Jorge Castro, January, RolandiXor, devav2, Mitch Oct 11 '12 at 18:10

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Change the mirror in /etc/apt/sources.list file. For using the default/main one , use this command

sudo sed -i 's/' /etc/apt/sources.list

The command will change the mirror to the default one. And yes, the mirror seems to be down atm.

Alternatively, you can open the /etc/apt/sources.list file with the command gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list in a terminal (open it with Ctrl-Alt-T shortcut) and remove the es. part in front pf .

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Thankyou! It worked, now it's OK and the main server seems to be faster than the spanish mirror (strange thing)... – Addison Montgomery Oct 11 '12 at 17:23

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