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1 <?xml version='1.0' encoding="UTF-8"?>
2 <!-- $Header: /var/cvsroot/gentoo/xml/htdocs/doc/en/source_mirrors.xml,v 1.22 2005/01/11 13:31:38 klieber Exp $ -->
3 <!DOCTYPE guide SYSTEM "/dtd/guide.dtd">
4
5 <guide link="/doc/en/source_mirrors.xml">
6 <title>Gentoo Linux Source Mirrors Policy</title>
7 <author title="Author">
8 <mail link="klieber@gentoo.org">Kurt Lieber</mail>
9 </author>
10 <author title="Editor">
11 <mail link="cshields@gentoo.org">Corey Shields</mail>
12 </author>
13 <author title="Editor">
14 <mail link="bennyc@gentoo.org">Benny Chuang</mail>
15 </author>
16 <author title="Editor">
17 <mail link="jforman@gentoo.org">Jeffrey Forman</mail>
18 </author>
19
20 <abstract>
21 This document explains the requirements for source mirrors.
22 </abstract>
23
24 <license/>
25 <version>1.4</version>
26 <date>2005-01-11</date>
27
28 <chapter>
29 <title>Requirements</title>
30 <section>
31 <title>Minimum Bandwidth</title>
32 <body>
33
34 <p>
35 To properly host a source mirror, you should have a minimum of 5Mbps upstream
36 bandwidth. ADSL and cable connections do not generally make adequate
37 connections for distfile hosts due to their limited upstream performance.
38 </p>
39
40 </body>
41 </section>
42 <section>
43 <title>Minimum Disk Space</title>
44 <body>
45
46 <p>
47 The space requirements depend on whether you choose to run a "Full" mirror or a
48 "Distfiles only" mirror. Full mirrors require 90 GB of disk space. Distfiles
49 only mirrors require 40 GB of space.
50 </p>
51
52 </body>
53 </section>
54 <section>
55 <title>Minimum User Count</title>
56 <body>
57
58 <p>
59 We ask that you support a minimum of 15 and preferrably 30 concurrent user
60 connections.
61 </p>
62
63 </body>
64 </section>
65 <section>
66 <title>Update Frequency</title>
67 <body>
68
69 <p>
70 All mirrors must be synchronized every four hours, starting at midnight in your
71 local time zone. This helps distribute the load out over a period of time,
72 rather than having all mirrors synchronize at the same time.
73 </p>
74 </body>
75 </section>
76 </chapter>
77
78 <chapter>
79 <title>Implementation details</title>
80 <section>
81 <body>
82
83 <p>
84 For new source mirror requests, the procedure will be as follows:
85 </p>
86
87 <p>
88 Set up your server to rsync with ftp.ussg.iu.edu::gentoo-distfiles. Once you
89 have a complete mirror of that server, please file a bug report on
90 bugs.gentoo.org under the "rsync" category stating that you have a new mirror
91 and wish it to be added to the list of official mirrors. Please specify
92 whether you wish to be a "Full" mirror or "Distfiles only" mirror. Distfiles
93 only mirrors will be designated as such on the website.
94 </p>
95
96 <p>
97 Full mirrors must carry the following directories (plus any directories that
98 get added in the future):
99 </p>
100
101 <ul>
102 <li>/releases</li>
103 <li>/experimental</li>
104 <li>/distfiles</li>
105 <li>/snapshots</li>
106 <li>/grp</li>
107 </ul>
108
109 <p>
110 Distfiles only mirrors need to carry the following directories:
111 </p>
112
113 <ul>
114 <li>/distfiles</li>
115 <li>/snapshots</li>
116 </ul>
117
118 <p>
119 We will then verify that the mirror exists and we can connect to it properly.
120 Then, in the next 48-72 hours, we will determine if your mirror is syncing
121 correctly and in accordance with this policy.
122 </p>
123
124 <p>
125 If all steps went smoothly, we will then add you to our list of <uri
126 link="/main/en/mirrors.xml">download mirrors</uri> on the main web site. We
127 will also send you the login information for our private master distfile mirror
128 which is only available to official Gentoo Linux source mirrors.
129 </p>
130
131 <p>
132 Additionally, you, the mirror admin, will be requested to subscribe to the
133 gentoo-mirrors mailing list (low traffic) so that you can follow all issues
134 associated with source mirrors.
135 </p>
136
137 <note>
138 Thanks for helping out Gentoo Linux users and developers! :) For any mirror
139 administration issues or problems, please contact <mail
140 link="mirror-admin@gentoo.org">mirror-admin@gentoo.org</mail>.
141 </note>
142
143 <warn>
144 Do NOT email mirror-admin@gentoo.org for mirror requests, please file a bug. It makes mirror tracking easier on us.
145 </warn>
146
147 </body>
148 </section>
149 </chapter>
150
151 <chapter>
152 <title>Short FAQ</title>
153 <section>
154 <title>Q: Who should I contact regarding new mirrors or to get my mirror added to the Gentoo web site?</title>
155 <body>
156
157 <p>
158 A: Please file a bug on bugs.gentoo.org under the rsync category.
159 </p>
160
161 </body>
162 </section>
163 <section>
164 <title>Q: Who should I contact regarding mirror issues and maintenance?</title>
165 <body>
166
167 <p>
168 A: Please file a bug on bugs.gentoo.org under the rsync category.
169 </p>
170
171 </body>
172 </section>
173 <section>
174 <title>Q: I run a private source mirror for my company. Can I still access the private master source mirror?</title>
175 <body>
176
177 <p>
178 A: Because our resources are limited, we need to ensure we allocate them in
179 such a way to provide the maximum amount of benefit to our users. As such, we
180 limit connections to our master rsync and distfile mirrors to public mirrors
181 only. Users are welcome to use our regular mirror system to establish a
182 private source mirror.
183 </p>
184
185 </body>
186 </section>
187
188 <section>
189 <title>Q: How do I find the mirror nearest to me?</title>
190 <body>
191
192 <p>
193 A: mirrorselect was designed to do this for you. If you haven't already run
194 <c>emerge mirrorselect</c>, then please do so. Then run: <c>mirrorselect</c>.
195 An ncurses-based menu will display allowing you to select a mirror close to
196 you.
197 </p>
198
199 </body>
200 </section>
201 <section>
202 <title>Q: I don't have that much disk space. Can I mirror part of the sources?</title>
203 <body>
204
205 <p>
206 A: Yes, if you are unable to mirror our full sources, you can elect to mirror
207 the following two directories only:
208 </p>
209
210 <ul>
211 <li>/distfiles</li>
212 <li>/snapshots</li>
213 </ul>
214
215 <p>
216 These two directories will require approximately 40GB of space and you will be
217 listed on our site as a distfiles-only mirror.
218 </p>
219
220 </body>
221 </section>
222 <section>
223 <title>Q: Do I have to turn on Directory Indexing for directories served up via HTTP?</title>
224 <body>
225
226 <p>
227 A: Directory Indexing is required for the /releases and /experimental
228 directories, but can be turned off for all other directories (including
229 /distfiles) if you wish.
230 </p>
231
232 </body>
233 </section>
234 </chapter>
235 </guide>

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