Why is freebsd-update so horrible slow?

Doug McIntyre merlyn at geeks.org
Thu Apr 15 17:11:36 UTC 2021

On Thu, Apr 15, 2021 at 01:35:00PM +0100, Arthur Chance wrote:
> On 14/04/2021 02:39, Erik Lauritsen wrote:
> > I have been setting here for about 6 hours waiting for an upgrade
> > from 12.2 to 13 and freebsd-update is only half way through getting
> > all the patches!
> > 
> > It's painful. It's like the 90th with 56k modems and I am on a
> > gigabit wire.
> > 
> > Then I did a search and this has apparently been an issue for several
> > years, it has even been filed as a bug.
> > 
> > Anyway, I have cancelled the upgrade. If it's going to take this
> > long, I am not going to upgrade this, but will most likely replace it
> > with another OS.
> This tweet from Colin Percival talks about the problem.
> https://twitter.com/cperciva/status/1382491128537096193
> TL;DR: changes to git caused a massive overload, the number of mirrors
> has been increased to deal with it.

Although his status is on portupgrade, not freebsd-update.

Is there any way for me to build my own update server locally? I've
tried web caching the data, but I have to be able to get all the data first..
(What the handbook mentions IIRC)

Fetching 3299 files... ....10....20....30....40....50....60....70....80....90....100....110....120..
..130....140....150....160....170 gunzip: (stdin): unexpected end of file
ae47b8b528bdf1369c7779d0dd453364922c77f3993fd147486b952fdbe91634 has incorrect hash.

At various points along the fetch on each try.

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