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Re: Intro and a question about mirroring.

On Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 10:13:34AM +0530, susmit shannigrahi wrote:
> > You can still have a public mirror in the university but not tie it up
> > to the Fedora mirror list and circulate the details amoung local LUG's.
> > That would be helpful to people who are in and around India.
> >
> > Rahul
> Yes, that can be done.

Ahh, that's a different question, and thanks Rahul for noticing.
You're of course free to have "private" mirrors - e.g. mirrors
intended for use by a University or other organization, where either
by network architecture or firewall rules you may or may not be
serving people outside of your own local community.  The Fedora
MirrorManager software can still be of help here.  You'd pull the
Fedora bits from one of the listed public mirrors, but in
MirrorManager you'd set up your Site as a "private" mirror.  It won't
appear on the public mirrorlists, but if you then also set up a set of
Netblocks (IP address ranges for your University), mirrormanager will
automatically redirect yum clients in your netblock to your local
private mirror.  You run 'report_mirror' on your local private mirror
to inform the mirrormanager database what you're carrying; if there's
a yum client request for content you're not carrying (e.g. ppc),
they'll get directed to one of the public mirrors for that content.
That lets you get the most bang-for-your-buck: you only need disk
space for the content that's popular, and that popular content gets
served from your local mirror; less popular content you're not
carrying gets served by one of the public mirrors.


Matt Domsch
Linux Technology Strategist, Dell Office of the CTO
linux.dell.com & www.dell.com/linux

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