Re: [Rd] Removing cran mirrors

From: Friedrich Leisch <friedrich.leisch_at_stat.uni-muenchen.de>
Date: Tue, 03 Nov 2009 17:05:49 +0100

>>>>> On Tue, 3 Nov 2009 09:46:11 -0600, >>>>> Hadley Wickham (HW) wrote:

  >> Fritz does that from time to time. Note that this is always rather
  >> cumbersome: trying to contact maintainers whose addresses do not exist any
  >> more and so on.  

> I'd be more draconian - if the mirror doesn't update for two weeks,
> just cut it off automatically. If they want to get back on the list,
> it's their problem. It shouldn't be Fritz's problem!

Well, then we would have to create "two classes" of mirrors: If ETH Zürich goes down I'd prefer to inform Martin Mächler that there is a problem rather than cutting off automatically (same for a lot of others).

But note that the list of "monitored mirrors" is a superset of the list of "listed mirrors": The first real problem mirror.cricyt.edu.ar is not in the list of mirrors at http://cran.r-project.org/mirrors.html (and what you get when you are online and select a mirror via GUI). Same for all the other very bad ones. It is a simple Flag "use mirror" in the master table, which is used both by R itself and the scripts creating the webpages (which run fully automated).

Best,
Fritz



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