[arch-dev-public] ftp.archlinux.org

Pierre Schmitz pierre at archlinux.de
Sat Sep 17 16:46:49 EDT 2011

On Sat, 17 Sep 2011 16:10:24 -0400, Eric Bélanger wrote:
> On Sat, Sep 17, 2011 at 3:26 PM, Florian Pritz <bluewind at xinu.at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> A lot of people think ftp.archlinux.org is some special server and when
>> kernel.org was breached, I saw claims like "the packages are the same as
>> on ftp.archlinux.org", which made me worry that some users might trust
>> this server too much. Since it's also limited to 50kb/s per connection,
>> I think ftp.archlinux.org should either point to one of our servers,
>> redirect to a random server (like the archlinux.de download links) or be
>> removed.
>> If it exists for a special reason and you want to keep it, I'm fine with
>> that too.
>> --
>> Florian Pritz
> Tier-1 mirrors syncs from ftp.archlinux.org so I I don't think any of
> your proposed soloution would work. We could reduce the connection
> speed below 50kb/s but that might be a PITA for people that make a
> reasonable use of this server like us. You need to keep in mind that
> in addition to the repos, this server also has sourceballs for (L)GPL
> projects as well as source for dead projects and SCM snapshots (see
> other directory).  Probably education would be the best solutions
> here, i.e. post a reminder.

To clarify:

ftp.archlinux.org is just a mirror and not directly managed by us. It's
is also not a tier 1 miror as no other mirrors sync from it. As Eric
pointed out this is also a complete mirror which might include things
which might not be found on other mirrors.


Pierre Schmitz, https://users.archlinux.de/~pierre

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