[CentOS-devel] why provide debuginfo

Florian La Roche

florian.laroche at gmx.net
Mon Apr 6 10:16:53 UTC 2009

Hello Karanbir Singh,

On Mon, Apr 06, 2009 at 10:53:27AM +0100, Karanbir Singh wrote:
> Florian La Roche wrote:
> >> * look for a mirror that has debuginfo (sometimes it stops here with debuginfo 
> >> for the kernel missing)
> > I just add http://debuginfo.centos.org/$releasever/$basearch/ as a new repo into
> > all CentOS installs. Disabled by default, but prepared to download rpms from if
> > I need to.
> With things setup the way they are - network distance from debuginfo to 
> the head-node is ~ 400KiB/sec which means that sometimes it takes a very 
> long time to sync the debuginfo's into the right place. eg. the sync for 
> 5.3 started on Sat morning, its about 35% of the way through.
> Something to definitely consider / reconsider.
> >> * download manually
> >> * install manually (including ignoring the fact that debuginfo packages are 
> >> unsigned...)
> > 
> > Hope this can be changed, but no idea where in the process this needs to be.
> Change which part ? signing them or automating something ? The reason 
> debuginfo's are not signed is that bringing them into a securebox for 
> the signing process and pushing them out again easily triples the time 
> factor.

Ok, thanks for the info.

> > I think it is very good to keep the debuginfo separate from the rest of the
> > mirror system to not overload mirrors. Question will be on how that scales
> > with more and more people accessing debuginfo.centos.org.
> At the moment, there are 2 internal and 1 external mirror for debuginfo 
> - that can be increased if required. I know that atleast mirrorservice 
> and kernel.org have previously said that they will make more space 
> available to centos.org if we need it on their mirrors - and they are 
> happy to host vhost's for debuginfo / beta's.

Then maybe with an official upstream there could be an official
mirrorlist repo with something like "repo=debuginfo".

Maybe also older CentOS releases could be archived in a similar fashion
and get some official location as well.


Florian La Roche

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