[arch-dev-public] Putting the process of adding new mirrors on hold

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Thu Sep 30 08:16:03 EDT 2010

On Thu, Sep 30, 2010 at 6:56 AM, Guillaume ALAUX <guillaume at alaux.net> wrote:
> On 30 September 2010 11:41, Roman Kyrylych <roman.kyrylych at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Currently we have almost 90 active mirrors in the official mirror list
>> and new requests for becoming an official mirror are appearing quite often.
>> However, not all mirrors are good ones (outdated, incomplete, admins
>> don't respond, etc).
>> I marked inactive many of them during past months (including about 20
>> during FrOSCon),
>> and will continue to do this until all of the mirrors meet the requirements.
>> 22 mirrors that are in the official list did not move to the 2-tier scheme yet,
>> which means we do not know where do they sync from,
>> admins did not respond or there is no known email address of the admin.
>> These will be removed from the list very soon.

If they are syncing and up-to-date
(http://www.archlinux.org/mirrors/status/), then why remove them? That
seems pretty silly to me. We one remaining that seems to have fallen
off the map (unix.pl), 5 that are out of date, and one without a
lastsync file.

>> If you are using some mirror that was removed from the list recently
>> and you know how to contact the admin - let me know.
>> Considering the fact that there is no package signing support yet
>> I don't see a reason why we should have that many mirrors,
>> especially when they don't meet the requirements.
>> Recently I had to defer some requests to become an official mirror
>> from some private sites. I apologize that this caused a frustration of
>> their admins
>> and hope that the reasons are understandable.
>> To make this fair to everyone I'm thinking about (temporary) putting
>> the process of adding new mirrors on hold.
>> --
>> Roman Kyrylych (Роман Кирилич)
> Hi Roman,
> On the "mirrors list page" [1] I see 56 "untiered" mirrors. May we
> know which are the 22 you mention?
> Just say so if you would like some help trying to get in touch with
> some mirror admins.

You probably missed the "active" column there.

> For instance I see these French or Belgian mirrors :
> These 2 were removed from the mirrorlist
>  -ftp.belnet.be
>  -ftp.free.fr
> And this one is 3 weeks old and untiered:
>  -mir1.archlinux.fr
> I could try to mail them in French...

No one will ever stand in your way of helping out. I'm sure you can
chip in; if you start doing a lot you can probably get in the coveted
"Mirror Admin" group. :P


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