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Re: maybe ITP rsync mirror script for pools

On Wed, Jan 03, 2001 at 11:57:07PM +0100, Marco d'Itri wrote:

> Please don't encourage private mirrors!
> I have been the administrator of ftp.it.debian.org since a long time,
> and I notice there are many sites doing nightly mirrors for their own
> use.

I believe "their own use" is a bit too broad.
I do a nightly mirror for example "for my own use", which means
covering local MAN networks and even some farther, national users.

Not everyone is able to wait for 10 times longer for apt-getting,
when the "official" national mirror slow (or doesn't exist at all),
and the international ones are slow as hell (because national bandwidth
is much more bigger and cheaper for the providers).

It would be, however, maybe nice to make a free-for-everyone unofficial
mirror registration webpage, where people could register their mirror site,
location, update rate, accessiblity, and many other properties. Maybe there
is such page, I don't know. 

I'm sure many larger local networks mirror for the users: often it's cheaper
than any other methods. If people would find a closer, faster mirror, maybe
they'd stop mirroring for themselves.

> They could save bandwidth and disk space just by using a correctly
> configured squid cache.

You mean a squid accepting 50MB+ files for caching? Memory isn't *THAT*
cheap. I don't know how much memory would it use... (Bigger files mean
bigger memory hotlist plus bigger disk space requirements which means even
bigger memory footprint.) I don't think this is a good idea, but the
mileages tend to spend their valuable times with varying, cough, cough.


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