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From "Erik Abele (JIRA)" <j...@apache.org>
Subject [jira] Closed: (INFRA-1387) Have Metalinks (XML format listing mirrors and checksums for files) for downloads
Date Thu, 07 Feb 2008 12:40:08 GMT

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Erik Abele closed INFRA-1387.

    Resolution: Won't Fix

I don't think we can impose this on all projects - better take this directly to the individual
projects to get it implemented (e.g. by mailing the relevant dev@ lists).

> Have Metalinks (XML format listing mirrors and checksums for files) for downloads
> ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: INFRA-1387
>                 URL: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/INFRA-1387
>             Project: Infrastructure
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>      Security Level: public(Regular issues) 
>          Components: Website
>            Reporter: Ant Bryan
>            Priority: Trivial
> Metalink ( http://www.metalinker.org/ ) is an XML format used by download apps, and contains
the ways to get a file (mirrors/P2P) along with info for automatic error detection/recovery
(checksums) and other metadata.
> It can simplify the download process for the user, since they don't have to manually
try a bunch of servers that could be down, can automatically use local mirrors first, and
can repair downloads.
> About 15 download managers & P2P apps support it so far, including aria2, DownThemAll!
(Firefox extension), KGet2 (part of KDE4), and popular DMs on Windows and OS X like GetRight,
Free Download Manager, Orbit, wxDownload Fast, Speed Download, and TheWorld web browser. Over
20 other distros use Metalink, along with OpenOffice.org, cURL, and LugRadio.
> Here's what a metalink file (httpd-2.2.6.tar.gz.metalink) looks like:
>   <file name="httpd-2.2.6.tar.gz">
>    <verification>
>     <hash type="md5">d050a49bd7532ec21c6bb593b3473a5d</hash>
>    </verification>
>    <resources>
>      <url type="http"
>           location="us"
>           preference="90">
>       http://apache.oregonstate.edu/httpd/httpd-2.2.6.tar.gz
>      </url>
>      <url type="http"
>           location="us"
>           preference="100">
>       http://www.axint.net/apache/httpd/httpd-2.2.6.tar.gz
>      </url>
>    </resources>
>   </file>
> (And so on for all 50+ mirrors).

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