[Nottingham] NTL Cache Performance Suggestions

Robert Davies nottingham at mailman.lug.org.uk
Fri Feb 28 13:15:01 2003

On Friday 28 February 2003 12:42, you wrote:
> On Fri, 28 Feb 2003, Andy Brown wrote:
> > I've got 3 stable and 1 testing box at the moment, that's going to go
> > up at some point. I want a local mirror to reduce the load on the
> > official mirrors, making life easier for everybody else.
> I like that:  ``Instead of downloading the odd 5MB file from the mirror,
> I'm going to continuously rsync 80GB but never use 99.9% of it.''

Exactly the way to go is to set up a proxy cache, squid or wwwoffle.
Then on Linux install set up the proxy, in the options, rpm supports proxies, 
and Debian has info on 'install accelerators'.  So long as you configure 
sensibly, you get a local ftp cache, and just suck what you need.

LAN mirrors make more sense with dialup, where something just won't install 
in a reasonable time (especially with 2 hour timeouts).

People are constantly asking on USEnet for SuSE ISO files to burn, not 
realising all they need is one small boot cd  or 5 floppies.  Then do the 
install via ftp, which with broadband is doable in sane time