netselect is an ultrafast intelligent parallelizing binary-search implementation of "ping." It determines several facts about all of the hosts given on the command line, but much faster than you would if you manually tried to use ping/traceroute or to actually download something from each site. You can use it for choosing the fastest mirror from a set of download sites. An automated version of this is netselect-apt, included with netselect, which is a shell script for selecting from a large number of Debian mirrors. It can choose the fastest from about 300 Debian sites in about 30 seconds, which is less time than you might save from downloading a single Debian package more quickly. NetSelect could also be used for auto-connecting cache networks, although nobody has tried that yet.
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New HTML Parser: The long-awaited libxml2 based HTML parser code is live. It needs further work but already handles most markup better than the original parser.
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