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25 mib/s download speeds using package manager but only 2 mib/s using web browse

Started by FezzanM, May 02, 2021, 04:22:45 PM

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FezzanM

I am using arch Linux with the kde-plasma desktop environment.

When installing packages using pamac (package manager) I reach download speeds of around 25 mib/s but when using a web browser such as fire fox I reach download speeds of about 2 mib/s.

Why is this happening?

Keith

Hi Fezzan - and welcome to the Forum. 

Did you measure the download speed with FF using a download speed-checker?  If so, the good speed checkers download many files simultaneously in order to saturate your bandwidth and get a worst case value.  As I understand it, the Package Manager, in contrast, typically downloads all the required sub-files packaged into a single file (as tar does), so your bandwidth is not being saturated. 

Keith


Rich J

Quote from: FezzanM on May 02, 2021, 04:22:45 PM
I am using arch Linux with the kde-plasma desktop environment.

When installing packages using pamac (package manager) I reach download speeds of around 25 mib/s but when using a web browser such as fire fox I reach download speeds of about 2 mib/s.

Why is this happening?

Try a different browser such as Chromium and see if the speeds differ.  If so, consider 'cleaning up' Firefox (see here - https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspot.com/p/speed-mint.html) section 6 onwards.  When testing, remember to use the same utility (e.g: http://www.speedtest.net/) and the same destination to maintain integrity of results.