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Looking for the feedback from Gentoo mirror maintainers



Greetings mirror maintainers

I am Thomas Abthorpe, a member of the FreeBSD Ports Management team,
http://www.freebsd.org/portmgr.  Our mandate within FreeBSD is to oversee
the QA of the package building systems.

A question has come up multiple times within the FreeBSD community,
should we be using other project mirror sites for our distfile fetching?

I showed up in IRC and asked some questions, and this is just an
extension of the conversation I started in there.

The FreeBSD project, like most other open source software projects has a
well connected, distributed mirror system for use within our community.
As part of our ongoing commitment to QA we will regularly fetch original
source code distributions, and mirror them through our infrastructure,
ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/distfiles.

The reality is, from time to time, original project sites drop out of
existence, but the usefulness of their the source code lives on.  In
some cases we are missing the original download links, and utilise the
services of projects such as yours who might be mirroring the distfiles
we require.  The files would be found under ftp://ftp.debian.org/debian/pool/main/

Our list of mirror sites we use can be seen here,
http://www.freebsd.org/cgi/cvsweb.cgi/ports/Mk/bsd.sites.mk?rev=1.558;content-type=text%2Fplain.
You can scroll down to find DEBIAN.

Finally to the point, we have just made this list of what appear to be
official mirror sites.  What I am looking for is for people to declare
whether the mirror they maintain be included or excluded from this list.

Just to be clear, I am not looking for official mirroring services of
FreeBSD related stuff, just a general acceptance that we can use your
mirror sites for some occasional distfile retrieval.

Thank you very much for your time and attention to this matter.

I will be more than happy to address any comments, questions or concerns
you may have, publicly or privately.


Thomas

-- 
Thomas Abthorpe		| FreeBSD Committer
tabthorpe@FreeBSD.org	| http://people.freebsd.org/~tabthorpe

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