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Re: IITK Linux mirror

about http vs ftp - it depends on the content.
sites for LDP, RFCs, CPAN etc are all http based
and for these ftp does'nt make sense.
since these are also smaller content, it is easier
(and arguably more useful) to start off with an http server.

for large distros and rpms, ftp is typical.
you can also do it over http ... kernel.org  supports both,
but rpmfind.net has only ftp access. for mirroring
sites which allow only ftp access, an ftp mirror makes sense.

so pretty soon we'll need both.

but http mirrors are easy to set up with existing websites, with minimum extra configuration. as people have mentioned, the bugs are also fewer and access is possible from behind company firewalls.

i feel its use should be encouraged to anyone/everyone in India with
their own server that hosts a website. even if the mirror you
choose is small - say RFCs - 50Mb, it'll be a start.

From: "Gautham Ganapathy" <gautham.ganapathy@xxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: linux-india-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
To: <linux-india-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
CC: <ajayd@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [LIG] IITK Linux mirror

It would be really useful for people working in many companies to have it on
http, since a lot of companies generally ftp access. Maybe you could run
both, I don;t think that would cause much of a problem

----- Original Message -----
From: Dwivedi Ajay kumar <ajayd@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <linux-india-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, March 07, 2001 12:17 PM
Subject: [LIG] IITK Linux mirror

> hi all,
> IIT kanpur may come up with a linux mirror. I have to present a
> plan to CC Head at 3pm today, and I need advice regarding the same.
> Here are some questions in my mind, Kindly be prompt with your
> suggestions. Also give as many as advices you can regarding this.
> 1. Should it be on http or ftp?
> We want that there should be no connection hijacking using
> multipart downloads.
> 2. What all should we mirror?
> We can't start with mirroring everything. I have plans for RH,
> Mandrake, kernel. Need suggestions regarding the others. Also Suggest
> the approx amount of Diskspace needed for this.
> 3. How do we restrict the bandwidth/no of users?
> We have 2 leased lines of 2mbps each. We would want to restrict
> the max bandwidth so that the users in IITK are not affected. Bandwidth
> issue is one of the main concerns here.
> 4. How often do we need to update the mirror?
> I think we would have to use rsync for updating. Any ideas?
> 5. Would it be really easy and fast for people to download from iitk
> mirror rather than downloading from US?
> Waiting for your suggestions.
> -Ajay
> --
> #!!! If anything can go wrong, _FIX_ it. (To hell with MURPHY)
> Ajay kumar Dwivedi
> ajayd@xxxxxxxxxx
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