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RE: Fix for sshd service start failure problem

Sent: 24 January 2004 21:14 From: Christopher Faylor
> On Sat, Jan 24, 2004 at 03:57:53PM -0500, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:
>> Nice.  This won't work for custom mirrors or hand-entered URLs, however
>> (and yes, they're unsupported).
> Uh, correct.  The program won't go onto all of the machines in the world
> who have ever run setup.exe and update things on their local disk nor
> will it update people's home run mirrors.  It is just a cron job running
> on, updating local files.
That's just lack of ambition. ;-)

>> Oh, and would it be possible to eventually store the date of the last
>> mirror update (at a guess, the setup.bz2 timestamp?)
> No, it's not the setup.bz2 timestamp.
>> in the mirrors.txt file?
> No.  The mirrors.txt file is not a generated file.  If you are
> ambitious, I guess you could check the update time of the mirrors.lst
> file which is what setup.exe uses, AFAIK.  The mirror state is in
> mirrors.state but it's just a boolean value per mirror.  It's no more
> useful than the mirrors.lst file, AFAICT.
>> I'm thinking of having setup display the last-update date and the ping
>> information for each mirror,
> The only information available is whether the mirror is current or not.
> All of the mirrors are pinged at roughly the same time.

Surely it doesn't matter when the mirror was updated - if a group of mirrors
is up to date it doesn't matter which one was updated first (or last).
I can understand the desire for ping info but shall we say I'm not convinced
that the ping data from is going to be applicable to
another site - say someone in Europe.
To paraphrase cgf, we wouldn't want to go to every machine and run ping
stats for them...
You could, if you wanted, modify setup.exe to generate ping information for
every up to date server and use that for the convenience of the user. If you
wanted - or make the option available. 
That wasn't a feature request btw, or even a suggestion - just an
observation. Hmmm, it might be useful but I suspect it's a WIBNI and won't
make it to anybody's priority list.

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