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Bug#100148: marked as done (the mirror list shouldn't invoke the CGI on cgi.debian.org)

Your message dated Tue, 9 Mar 2010 00:06:18 +0100
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and subject line Bug#100148: the mirror list shouldn't invoke the CGI on cgi.debian.org
has caused the Debian Bug report #100148,
regarding the mirror list shouldn't invoke the CGI on cgi.debian.org
to be marked as done.

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Package: debian-www
Version: Current

I was attempting to use the www.debian.org, bugs.debian.org and
lists.debian.org servers today. I don't know if we're under attack, or if
it's genuine traffic loads due to the Linux conference; but I get
connections only sporadically.

I tried to select one of the mirrors from the popup at the left side of the
main page, realizing the main server was not going to be much good. But
there's a problem; the popup is serviced by a cgi, on the main server, so
since the main server is still tied up it doesn't work.

I realized that the url I needed was coded at the end of the cgi query, and
pasted the australia url into my browser window. But, I think the popup
should go away in favor of hard links to the mirrors.

Next, I tried to access the mailing list archives on the mirror server. But
it appears the list archives are not actually mirrored, the link on the
mirror page sent me back to the terminally busy lists.debian.org.

Next I went to the mirrored bug page, only to find the search buttons and
links pointed me back to, that same busy server.

I think we need to rethink our mirroring strategy to accommodate some of
these issues, so we're not so vulnerable to single-server failures or

btw, the australian server kept trying to serve me some pages in Chinese.
Even the front pages were Chinese in South Africa and the Netherlands. The
server in Turkey has apparently got it right. (I did check my browser
settings and it is set to display English).

Chris Tillman

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With the resolution of #539417, the drop-down list has been removed, as
GeoDNS is used to handle www.debian.org (and as GeoDNS servers are
spread, there no single point of failure as it was with CGI).

As a consequence, the cgi on master should no longer be used.

Simon Paillard

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