[CentOS-mirror] Status of dvd iso for CentOS mirrors.

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Wed Apr 18 08:23:04 UTC 2007

On Wed, 2007-04-18 at 09:05 +0200, Lars Strand wrote:
> On tir, 17 apr 2007, H. Peter Anvin wrote:
> > 
> > Both are pretty ridiculous, quite frankly.
> > 
> > Settle on a standard --exclude pattern, and you don't need two trees of 
> > any sort.
> > 
> > Currently, I believe --exclude *-DVD.iso should work, but --exclude 
> > *-DVD*.iso might be a better (future-proof) pattern.
> > 
> > One can easily export two different rsync modules with and without DVD 
> > images, if that's at all desirable, simply by putting the exclude 
> > pattern in rsyncd.conf.
> > 
> I totaly agree. It's simpler for CentOS to administrer ONE single
> repository, and easier for all of us have one repository to deal with. 
> Most of us have enough disk space for the DVD isos anyway. Those who 
> don't, can use a exclude pattern - which can be documentet on the 
> CentOS mirroring howto page:
>   http://www.centos.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=22
> It more KISS and most Linux distributions do this, so why can't
> CentOS?

Well ... we have several (20-30) internal centos mirrors that we use to
distribute the CentOS to the world ... and those mirrors do not all have
the DVD on them because we do not have the drive space available on
those donated servers to put all the DVDs on.  We do not want to loose
half of our mirror bandwidth because we put DVDs in the mainline tree.

As for external mirrors, I think it would be nice for you to provide 2
targets (one with and one without DVDs) if you carry the DVDs, but it
should not be hard to tell people to exclude DVDs if they don't want

In a perfect world, CentOS could just have one tree because all our
internal servers would have > 1TB of storage space and everything would
fit on each mirror ... in the real world our internal servers are
donated and we get whatever the donor has to offer and we use it in as
many ways as we can to distribute CentOS to millions of people :P

I hope this makes it easier to understand why the DVDs are a subset on
the CentOS mirrors at least.

Johnny Hughes
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