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From Justin Erenkrantz <jus...@erenkrantz.com>
Subject Re: Playboy mirror logo?
Date Thu, 26 Aug 2004 06:47:59 GMT
--On Thursday, August 26, 2004 3:37 PM +1000 Ian Holsman <lists@holsman.net> 

> mirror.au.apache.org or something which just does a round robin on available
> mirrors in the 'au' region.. that the downloader only sees
> a 'apache' domain. but this would should be a 'global' change.. not just
> for the mirrors some people don't like.

IMHO, DNS-based round-robin makes it harder to provide the ability to route 
around broken mirrors for three reasons:

1) harder to insert/remove them dynamically: mirrors.cgi can use our freshness 
metrics gathered by mirmon to only show mirrors that have updated since a 
particular time (we want this for sec releases)

2) we'd have to update DNS on every status change: mirrors go stale and we 
take them out of active list and insert them when the problem is fixed (this 
is automated right now by mirmon)

3) doesn't allow the user to avoid a mirror that is broken (but we haven't 
noticed yet); additionally, it provides the user the ability to select a 
mirror that they know is close to them or have a particularly good connection 

My $.02.  -- justin

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