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rsync experiences

Playing around a bit with rsync...

1. rsync as shipped with slink (version 2.1.1  protocol version 19) does
   NOT understand "rsync://hostname". You HAVE to use "hostname::dir1/dir2"

2. "rsync hostname::" gives `root' directory listing
   "rsync --dry-run hostname::dir1/\*" gives something like a directory
   listing for subdirs

3. We have really much debian-cd rsync mirrors, and they are all perfectly up
   to date. NO. I tried to get the MD5SUMS files for i386:

   rsync www.uk.debian.org::debian-cd/2.1_r2/i386/MD5SUMS
     445e235ae6ff9c6bc14e264afe0f7e96  binary-i386-1.iso

   rsync sunsite.org.uk::public/packages/debian-cd/2.1_r2/i386/MD5SUMS
     30a020188618a03012653f02e4bcf859  binary-i386-1.iso

   ftp.linux.org.au seems to deny access to non-Australians

   bish.it.siu.edu is unreachable

   sweat.cs.unm.edu only has 2.1_r0

4. But there are other rsync mirrors!

   rsync sunsite.auc.dk::ftp/pub/os/linux/debian-cdimage/2.1_r2/i386/MD5SUMS
     30a020188618a03012653f02e4bcf859  binary-i386-1.iso
   but it does NOT have the actual images!!!

   ftp.funet.fi does offer anon rsync to the entire ftp archive, but the cd
   images are nowhere to be found (mirror dirs are empty)

   rsync ftp.eecs.umich.edu::debian-cd/2.1_r2/i386/MD5SUMS
     30a020188618a03012653f02e4bcf859  binary-i386-1.iso
   and has the actual images as well.

Concluding: there are only three rsync mirrors available. There are also two
different 2.1_r2 images. You don't get anything at all with the rsync
commands described on cdimage.d.o.

Now what does one do? Right: just FTP the entire image from sunsite.org.uk and
be happy. Don't bother about JANET. Or anyone else.

Soooo... if you want people to use rsync, it would be very nice if
  1. cdimage.d.o was correct, in every aspect
  2. there were more up-to-date rsync mirrors

It seems that no one is actively doing anything about the current situation. 
Fine with me. Some plugs are ready to be pulled out. Permanently...? 

  Anne Bezemer

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