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[Savannah-hackers-public] Check that mirrors are not corrupted?

From: Thérèse Godefroy
Subject: [Savannah-hackers-public] Check that mirrors are not corrupted?
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2021 17:00:33 +0100
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In the last 2 months, we had 2 cases of mirrors that were reachable and
up to date according to Mirmon, but were actually corrupted. Of course,
these mirrors are not listed anymore.

- RT #1664168 2020-12-15

> recently I discovered incidentally that the
> mirror is not always serving
> the correct files. It seems some files just contain '0' (zeros) after
> downloading them.
> Two examples discovered, due to invalid md5sums, are:

- RT #1684954 2021-02-14

> I try to download 
> from Athens / Greece
> Most of the times I get redirected to 
> which is not found 
> (404). The correct URL for the NTUA mirror is 
> (note the 
> “releases/” subfolder).
> Occasionally I get redirected to which works.

This case is even more bothersome than the first one, because the issue
is with gcc, and the filetree has been tampered with.

Can you think of a way to automatically check that a mirror is correct?

All the best,

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