Subject: Re: Ease of Downloading Packages
To: Andrew Brown <>
From: Jonathan Stone <jonathan@DSG.Stanford.EDU>
List: tech-pkg
Date: 12/20/2001 13:57:03
In message <>Andrew Brown writes

>>ftp://, surely

>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.