[sword-devel] CrossWire mirroring

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Fri Jan 4 14:58:23 MST 2013

Regarding Fedora, I find that the mirrors differ significantly. Some have old releases, but no new releases. Some have the latest release but no updates. Some may have the alphas and/or the betas. Using yum, I have had some updates fail because they have dependencies that have not reached the mirrors that yum wants to use, making me wait a few days until the mirrors catch up. Adding in unofficial repositories complicates it even more.

On Jan 4, 2013, at 4:18 PM, Greg Hellings <greg.hellings at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Jan 4, 2013 at 3:06 PM, DM Smith <dmsmith at crosswire.org> wrote:
>> If someone posts to sword-support a problem with the text in a module (we
>> get these all the time), having mirrors complicates support.
> If Fedora can have many dozen mirrors, and Debian can have many dozen
> mirrors and so can every Linux distribution out there, is it so hard
> for us to have mirrors when it comes down to it? Each of these has
> requirements for what a mirror MUST, SHOULD and MAY provide and they
> have a vetting process when someone wants to become an official mirror
> they ensure that the offer follows those requirements.
> For the most part those requirements boil down to: provide the
> mandatory parts of the distribution with the same layout they have on
> the master, and update at minimum every X hours or days. That's hardly
> a burdensome task to setup, consisting mostly of a handful of options
> to something like rsync. If we wanted to have official mirrors we
> could be sure anyone offering followed those requirements and then add
> them to a master list of mirrors. It's not that complicated to require
> and it's not that complicated to configure. Many people offering to
> setup mirrors would already be familiar with the methods and
> requirements.
> Yes, licensing would still be an entirely different issue, but the
> technical implications of offering a mirror system for a pure list of
> files is not difficult. And certainly it's not more difficult than
> offering ISO images for users to download and encouraging them to be
> able to share them with friends!
> --Greg
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