Subject: Re: Master sites randomization
To: Mike M. Volokhov <>
From: Geert Hendrickx <>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 06/02/2005 11:50:17
On Thu, Jun 02, 2005 at 11:41:07AM +0300, Mike M. Volokhov wrote:
> Greetings!
> As I've previously noted, all pkgsrc users have used some predefined
> list of distribution sites, known as MASTER_SITE_FOO. The problem is
> that list is hardcoded, and "make fetch" always tries to download sites
> in order from first to last. Thus, latest sites at list are likely never
> tried, and first sites are under heavy load from the pkgsrc users.
> This problem can be solved by randomization of site lists, and is
> extremely actual for the sites like Sourceforge or OOo mirror list.
> Fortunatelly, current NetBSD make(1) already have a variable
> randomization modifier - ':Ox'. It's action is shown by the following
> example:
> [...] 

How does this interact with MASTER_SORT ?