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I have a proxy server which is heavily restricting sites, so just a few mirrors from the list are actually working.

This means that installing with yum is taking forever because I get a lot of errors like empty response, ...

I know that I can specify a specific mirror. But the interesting point is that the GUI package manager works pretty fine so there is maybe a better way than setting a single mirror?

Update There are a lot of mirrors which are blocking on a connection attempt. My theory is that the GUI version uses threads to connect to the mirrors while yum on the command line is processing them sequentially.

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I don't really understand your final paragraph. Better how - just using more than one mirror? Did you see the second answer to the question you linked, recommending the fastest mirror plugin? wiki.centos.org/PackageManagement/Yum/FastestMirror –  Nada Jun 29 '12 at 14:33
@Nada Thanks for the link. The wiki page says that the fastest mirror plugin is not recommended for a proxy connection and it is activated right know. So I will deactivate it and test again (on Monday). –  schlamar Jun 29 '12 at 14:50
Deactivating the plugin does not help... –  schlamar Jul 2 '12 at 6:21

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