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Re: Debian ISO (Was: Re: [PLUG] RedHat 7.1 iso?)

On Sat, 13 Oct 2001, Philip Charles wrote:

> On Sat, 13 Oct 2001, Mattias Wadenstein wrote:
> > > At the moment there is no problem with downloading Debian iso images, but
> > > when woody is released ...
> >
> > Well, that is usually solvable quite good with a primary site that only
> > allows other mirrors to connect. After those 10-20 mirrors or so have
> > managed to get the images, there are usually enough bandwidth around for
> > the other mirrors to update resonably fast.
> >
> > Sure, the servers (especially those that updates first) are going to be
> > slow for a day or two, but I'm pretty optimistic given the master server
> > is pretty much unaffected by the release.
> The volume involved is staggering, say five binary (not counting the US
> non-US alternatives) images and nine?  architectures plus five source
> images, a total of 50 images, or about 30 Gb to be mirrored. Even if a
> site only mirrored i386 there would be 6 Gb.

I know the problem, I'm already working on getting the filesystem big
enough to handle it. And if you know you are topologically close to
another mirror with lots of bandwidth that has them, it should take more
than a couple of hours to one day to get the complete set. Of course, this
probably isn't possible for the ones mirroring from the master site.

> The problem this volume creates would be at least partially solved by
> mirrors using the PIK.  IIRC, this was one of the main reasons for the PIK
> in the first place.  IMHO, at this stage of the release the PIK is not
> needed, but it will be during the initial stages of the woody release.

Yes, I see how it can help alot for mirror updates, but that is another
matter. Once the images make it out to a bunch of mirrors I don't see any
point in bothering the end users with PIK, it is much easier to just
provide the download links on the mirror list.

/Mattias Wadenstein

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