The mirror selector may get a little loopy on days like this.
There seems to have been a late change in the mint-debian-mirrors package (now at v. 2012.09.17.1) and installing (only) it fixed my frozen-for-a-minute cursor during server evaluation.
The main Mint repo domain is out of service for me now, however, and the other two (.se and .fr) range between 30-50 Kbps so I'm letting others dip in first.[/quote]
Well, it's tomorrow now and things are still the same. Can't get a decent package refresh. If I do happen to get one, I still can't review Update Pack info or begin an update without the updater stalling out because of dropped connections. Same goes for Synaptic and the cli. There are no DNS/internet connection/speed issues here.
Here's what I get when I run mint-choose-debian-mirror:
Current server: http://debian.linuxmint.com
An error occurred: Operation timed out after 10000 milliseconds with 192412 out of 197732 bytes received
An error occurred: Operation timed out after 10000 milliseconds with 167725 out of 197732 bytes received
An error occurred: Operation timed out after 10001 milliseconds with 0 bytes received
Best server: None
Sometimes when I run it I do get one or 2 servers that show a 20-30 Kbps. That's just simply too slow to reasonably do this UP. Besides, it's only going to hold up for a little while at an even lower speed and then break the connection. I am having difficult fathoming that there is such a large number of people updating that there's tremendous server overload. If that's the case, they all have low resources, to begin with.
It's more like something else is wrong. Like ..... something's screwed up at linuxmint???????