Hello, As some of you may have noticed, merkel has slowly been growing a mirror of the /org/ftp.debian.org/* structure that used to be available to all developers on ftp-master. Since ftp-master is on a restricted host (newraff) a mirror was needed and merkel was chosen to host it. The mirror is very new and we expect one or two teething problems; however the important thing is that there is now a proper projectb database accessible on a developer-access machine (thus tools like madison will work again). The mirror is being updated once per hour initially. We will adjust this interval up or down depending on how it seems to behave. The projectb is updated once per day, directly after the install run, to reflect the day's changes in the archive. Please note that the /org/ftp.debian.org/ftp/ tree (the actual archive mirror) is updated with the standard mirror updates and as such may be slightly out of sync with the projectb for a few minutes after the install run completes. If you have any issues with, or questions about, this mirror, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Daniel Silverstone pp. The Debian archive maintenance team.  The projectb database stores all the metadata about the packages in the Debian archive. It contains what versions of what packages are in what suites for what architectures; and much much more.
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