Subject: Re: what happens with dist files when updating a package?
To: Georg Schwarz <>
From: Hubert Feyrer <>
List: tech-pkg
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 

  - Hubert

NetBSD - Free AND Open!      (And of course secure, portable, yadda yadda)