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[Savannah-hackers-public] Re: autoredirect for savannah downloads


From: Yavor Doganov
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] Re: autoredirect for savannah downloads
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2008 20:06:52 +0200
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Karl Berry wrote:
> 
> That is, a generic url that automatically redirects to a "nearby"
> mirror -- e.g., http://ftpmirror.gnu.org

That's awesome.  I knew such a thing is in the works, but didn't know
it's actually running.  Do you plan to advertise this service
actively?  That way the mirror framework would be actually utilized.

If it works reliably, we could even ask the major GNU/Linux distros to
adjust their infrastructure to use it.  In Debian, quite a lot of
packages have a "get-orig-source" target that retrieves the upstream
tarball (or simply debian/watch used with the uscan tool), and
unsurprisingly, for all the GNU packages ftp.gnu.org is used.
Furthermore, the DEP service checks for upstream releases regularly,
which is quite a lot of frequent queries.

I suspect that's a significant portion of the overall traffic.




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