Re: Mirror programs
Ian Jackson writes:
Ian> There seems to have been a lot of inconclusive discussion here about
Ian> mirror programs.
There is a (AFAIK very popular) perl program called "mirror".
Ian> If you know of a reasonable mirror program could you please post here,
Ian> with the answers to the following questions ? Thanks.
Ian> * Where do I get it ?
I just uploaded it to ftp.debian.org as a debianized package that I built
this afternoon. I have it from
Ian> * Is it reliable ?
Yes. I use it now for over a month now to mirror the directories I want from
ftp.debian.org (I exclude experimental and some other areas) via 14.4 kB
slip. The only problems I experienced appear to be related only to the
dip/slip part (ie quality of the line etc) and not to "mirror" itself.
Ian> * Does it require any special software ? (Perl4, Perl5, Python.)
Perl5 as shipped with Debian. Will run out of the box, I hope.
Ian> * Will it cope properly with files being deleted ?
Ian> * Will it cope properly with symbolic links ?
Yes. But not hard links.
Ian> * Would it cope with the kind of changes that were recently made to
Ian> ftp.debian.org ?
You have to adapt your local parameter files if the host changes and you do
not want to copy everything blindly.
Ian> * Does it consume huge amounts of system resources ?
As emacs or gcc.
Ian> * Would you recommend it ? Any other comments ?
Suits me. Your mileage may vary. There are others around, a python-based one
mentioned here but I don't use python (yet ?).