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From Aaron Bannert <aa...@clove.org>
Subject Re: cvs commit: site/xdocs/dev mirrors.xml
Date Wed, 27 Nov 2002 18:11:20 GMT

On Wednesday, November 27, 2002, at 09:49  AM, jerenkrantz@apache.org 

> jerenkrantz    2002/11/27 09:49:08
>   Modified:    docs/dev mirrors.html
>                xdocs/dev mirrors.xml
>   Log:
>   Incorporate some suggestions from the peanut gallery for the mirrors 
> doc.
>   Stefan: RedHat->RPM
>   Sander: -current should be a symlink to the symlink in our directory
>   Roy:    historical releases should not be mirrored (said on 
> dev@httpd)

FWIW, I disagree on this last point, for reasons I've pointed out on 
and the mirrors@ list in the last few months. Mainly, keeping historical
releases around causes _zero_ additional bandwidth requirements, and 
requires a minimal amount of harddrive space, which is not a resource
that should be of any concern to our quality mirrors.

Besides the above points, having our mirrors keep historical releases 
gives us benefits -- like automatic offsite backups, as well as quick 
to historical references (this happens all the time when we have 
security issues).

As a mirror maintainer, I prefer having old releases.

I'm also willing to reconsider this point if there are actual instances 
our mirrors running out of harddrive space. But then again, if this is
just one or two mirrors having this problem, then perhaps they aren't
the kinds of mirrors we want. In other words: Fewer high-quality mirrors
is better than many medium-quality mirrors. I'd rather see 10 official 
sync'ing everything than 100 mirrors doing partial sync'ing.


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