[CentOS] Local mirroring of the CentOS repos

Kai Schaetzl maillists at conactive.com
Fri Oct 12 16:32:28 UTC 2007

Ashley M. Kirchner wrote on Fri, 12 Oct 2007 08:59:53 -0600:

> Uhhh, I don't experience that when I run my rsync script.  It 
> actually does delete stuff that's no longer on the mirror.

Yeah, but the repo seems to keep a lot ... I downloaded 5 or more versions 
of the same rpm of some software (for instance all the kernel packages, 
openoffice stuff in three versions) because there were two months or so 
between my first retrieval and the second (as I didn't have time to 
continue earlier)

> somewhere, someone is cleaning out the mirrors of old stuff.  Now, an 
> argument for how often this happens might be more like it, but it does 
> happen.

Ah, well, so the CentOS 5 updates repo hasn't been "cleaned" yet? In that 
case they didn't clean it since starting it. From looking at the CentOS 4 
repo's it looks like they don't clean, though. Repos get "automatically" 
cleaned when moving over from x.1 to x.2 etc. So, when 5.1 arrives the 
repo will have been cleared by then and start anew.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining that they keep all those files. 
There may be good reasons to do so, I don't know. I merely wanted to see 
if I can do something from my side to avoid getting it all. Apparently, I 
can avoid it when regularly downloading by specifying a timelimit, but I 
can't avoid getting it all when I start a mirror (unless I use a 


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