Subject: Re: what happens with dist files when updating a package?
To: Georg Schwarz <email@example.com>
From: Hubert Feyrer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 04/09/2005 16:48:42
On Sat, 9 Apr 2005, Georg Schwarz wrote:
> When a package gets updated so that it will fetch a different, typically
> later, dist file, what happens to the dist file on the NetBSD servers?
> Is there a process that periodically scanns packages and fetches the
> required distfiles to hold them on the NetBSD servers?
A "make mirror-distfiles" is ran nightly, to make sure all distfiles are
on the FTP server. I don't know if old distfiles are removed at all - the
GPL dictates us to keep some of them for at least three years, plus people
who use older pkgsrc for a reason may appreciate them, esp. if they are
nowhere to find otherwise.
(On the other hand, I hear mirrors getting annoyed that "NetBSD" is
getting so big, and I guess old distfiles & packages take some share of
NetBSD - Free AND Open! (And of course secure, portable, yadda yadda)