[CentOS-mirror] Thoughts on DVD images

Nick Olsen Nick at 141networks.com
Wed May 19 17:25:45 UTC 2010

On 5/19/2010 12:15 PM, Jim Kusznir wrote:
> Hi all:
> I've been following the whole DVD iso access questions and such for a
> while, and while talking to some people on #centos-mirror during the
> 5.5 push, some thoughts occurred to me.
> Presently, it is my understanding that there are two different repos
> maintained: ones with dvd images, and ones without.  This seems
> needlessly painful and wasteful of the time and resources of our
> dedicated Centos volunteer administrators.  I understand at least some
> of the reasons it exists: there are some mirrors that don't have the
> space for the DVDs or for other reasons wish not to carry them.
> However, times are changing, and I think that many, if not most,
> centos mirror operators would prefer to carry the DVD isos.  In fact,
> I'd almost expect future major releases of CentOS (6+) to distribute
> DVD isos instead of the CD disk 1 of xx isos.
> So, I propose that the dvd-less mirror system is eliminated (all msync
> mirrors carry DVDs).  No special ACLs either...  Its easy to add a
> --exclude "*DVD*" to the rsync line for those that wish to not carry
> the DVDs.  I also think that with sufficient announcement and time
> (say 1-3 months), this shouldn't be an issue.  My understanding is
> that officially its required for anyone who operates a CentOS mirror
> to be subscribed to this list, and thus they should receive the
> announcement.  In addition, a note can be added to the msync MOTD
> conveying this.  If others have problems, I think the CentOS team
> would have done their due diligence; the fault would rest with those
> not paying attention to lists.  After all, all things change and
> evolve, and I think this is a natural evolution for the CentOS mirror
> team.
> --Jim
> Administrator, centos.eecs.wsu.edu.
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I would have to agree. I Have always carried DVD's (private mirror). The 
size difference isn't that great. I also agree that the msync pool 
should be open, And it should carry DVD's. If a mirror doesn't want 
DVD's they can exclude them. Now, Granted, Many mirrors do not carry 
DVD's as we speak. But I think every mirror should have DVD's. Just my 2 

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