Gentoo Archives: gentoo-dev

From: Kurt Lieber <klieber@g.o>
To: gentoo-mirrors@g.o, gentoo-dev@g.o
Subject: [gentoo-dev] Proposal: re-organizing our source mirrors into two categories: full and partial
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2003 14:13:41
1 Folks --
3 I'd like to propose the following reorg for our mirrors. Right now, all
4 mirrors are required to carry all directories. I'd like to break that into
5 two categories: full mirrors and distfile mirrors.
7 Full mirrors would still be required to carry all directories. Full means
8 full, after all. :)
10 distfile mirrors would be required to carry two directories: /distfiles and
11 /snapshots. /snapshots contains snapshots of the portage tree and is used
12 by emerge-webrsync for folks that are behind restrictive firewalls.
13 Typically, the /snapshot directory is under 250MB.
15 This gives mirrors who are short on disk space an option to still support
16 Gentoo without having to set aside nearly 50GB of space for us. For
17 mirrors who do have enough disk space, they can continue to mirror the full
18 tree.
20 We will of course continue to work at reducing the overall amount of data
21 that we have. However, over time, our space requirements will undoubtedly
22 continue to increase. This proposal is meant as a longer term solution to
23 give mirror admins an option on how best they can support Gentoo in their
24 environment.
26 Also, for the many people who suggested a p2p network as an option, that is
27 certainly something we will consider in the future. That will take
28 planning and coordination, however, as it will likely require changes to
29 portage. In the mean time, our system of FTP and HTTP mirrors will
30 continue to be our primary method of distribution and we still needed a
31 solution to address these mirrors.
33 Your comments and ideas are welcome.