Subject: Re: Ease of Downloading Packages
To: Andrew Brown <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
Date: 12/20/2001 13:57:03
In message <20011220164558.A1456@noc.untraceable.net>Andrew Brown writes
>no, http://, because you can do *scripting*. ftp servers, at least
>the last time i checked, could not. :)
Like I said the first time: ftp://
[... symlink forest...]
>symlinks...heh. some uses of them border on...insane. like sco. :)
> FreeBSD-current -> branches/-current
> packages -> ../../ports/i386/packages-current
> packages-current -> packages-5-current
> pine-4.40.tgz -> ../All/pine-4.40.tgz
>that's four, with one of them nested. not so bad...i've seen worse. :)
I'd rather use FTP, and make all the messy behind-the-scenes state
easily visible, for anyone who cares. Guess that means I'm a troglodyte.
Point is, it works :). It could work for us too, if we put the
responsible "releng/pkg"-gods in the right group on an FTP server.
HTTP scripting could be made to work, too, but probably harder for us
plebs (non-authors of the redirect scripts) to ascertain just what
they're getting, and why. And overload it, if they so choose.