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Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] randy kobes passed away -> ftpmirror redir

From: Michael J. Flickinger
Subject: Re: [Savannah-hackers-public] randy kobes passed away -> ftpmirror redirector
Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2011 19:54:56 -0500
User-agent: Waffles

Currently the list is hosted on the download vm with the mirror list
here: /usr/local/share/GeoIP/gnu-ftpmirror.txt, as you've already found.

I'll write a script to update the mirror daily (later tonight, I hope.)

One problem here is that the Apache2::Geo::Mirror module only loads
the mirror list upon initialization of Apache, so every time the
list is updated, apache would need restarted, which I'd like to avoid.

I think the most sane thing to do here is subclass Apache2::Geo::Mirror
and add a simple feature that checks the last modified time of the /usr/local/share/GeoIP/gnu-ftpmirror.txt file; if it changes, reload the file.

Karl Berry wrote:
Hi Michael,

    Ok, this is testable now on

Wow, incredibly quick work, thanks.
It works fine for me too, right now.

Did you set up some method for updating it, though?  I did not see
anything new in the cron jobs, but I certainly could have missed it.
The mirror list changes all the time (e.g., today the url
changed from what I see in /usr/local/share/GeoIP/gnu-ftpmirror.txt).

Randy's redirector worked off the mirmon installed at (by other volunteers).  You can get that
mirmon status file from, also
to be fed into /usr/local/bin/

Then there's the matter of also getting the mirmon conf file for
mirmon2geoip.  The ultimate source is (or ftp.html).
The basemirror guys (contact info at the end of
/gd/gnuorg/web/FTP.contacts, I am hesitant to post email addresses
publicly) wrote another script to massage that into the mirmon conf
format.  We could also run that script, or (my preference, to ensure
that the mirmon data and site list are in sync) just get their resulting

Unfortunately the script is written in an unreadable (to me anyway)
style, but here it is FWIW.

wget -O /root/mirmon-1.37/gnu-org-ftp.html
grep -i "<LI>" /root/mirmon-1.37/gnu-org-ftp.html | perl -lane
'm~^(\s*)<LI>(.+)~i;($sp,$l)=($1,$2);exit if(length($sp)>2);if($sp eq
q[]){$r=$l}if($r=~m~United States~i){$r.=q[ ]}else{$r=q[]}if($sp eq q[
eq q[  ]){$rc=$r.$c;$rcm=$rc;$rcm=~s~[^a-z]+~-~gi;$rc=~s~\s{2,}~,
~;push @a,sprintf qq[%s %s\n],$rcm,$l;$h->{qq[$rcm]}=$rc;}sub
MLGF sort @a;open(CL,">","/root/mirmon-1.37/countries.list");foreach(sort
keys %{$h}){printf CL qq[%s %s\n],$_,$h->{qq[$_]}}}' ; cat
/root/mirmon-1.37/mirmon -v -get update -c /root/mirmon-1.37/mirmon-gnu-ftp.conf


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