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In a Fedora system, I can access only ftp and not http. When I try to install a package with yum, it usually tries to download from http mirrors. How do I force it to download from a ftp mirror(listed here http://mirrors.fedoraproject.org/publiclist/Fedora/17/i386/) ?

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If I recall correctly, YUM should retry from different mirrors until one works, as mine would keep trying at school since the http ones were all blocked, though this could help: http://fedoranews.org/tchung/yum-mirrorlist/

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One good use of forcing a single repo mirror is that a caching proxy is more effective since it only needs to cache one mirror rather than many. –  Skaperen Feb 18 '13 at 19:32
    
Mirrors are usually up to date, but not always... –  vonbrand Feb 18 '13 at 19:44

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