Subject: Re: Expiring old pkgsrc binaries
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Havard Eidnes <he@NetBSD.org>
Date: 07/13/2007 19:01:30
> > So, if for some strange reason you see a need to keep accessing old=
> > package binaries, and you have earlier relied on fetching them from=
> > ftp.netbsd.org or one of its mirrors, let this serve as a heads-up
> > that this will soon no longer be possible. My own gut feeling is t=
> > there should be very few, if anyone, in this position.
> I presume that, in the interest of historic preservation, a few well-=
> offline archives will remain?
If that's going to happen, if I've understood correctly (and I
think I have), it's not NetBSD who is going to do the archiving.
Remember, you can (almost) always recreate the old bits from source.
As I said, the NetBSD project's space for ftp is not infinite,
and with 5GB+ for each near-complete collection of binary
packages for a given arch+os+branch combination, this tends to
add up to quite a bit.
That's exactly why I sent out the heads-up -- people desperate
for old binary packages should grab the bits now.