[Rubygems-developers] Persistent URI for rubyforge rubygems downloads?

Chad Woolley thewoolleyman at gmail.com
Tue Nov 11 04:37:00 EST 2008

On Mon, Nov 10, 2008 at 9:53 PM, Tom Copeland <tom at infoether.com> wrote:

> The RubyForge file downloads are more or less round-robined between the
> various mirror servers... I say "more or less" because some server are
> handed more requests than others.  But all the mirrors should be serving all
> files after the rsync'ing process has finished...

That doesn't appear to be the case.  For example, this link is still valid:


However, this one (manually edited to point to 1.3.1) is not:


I can only download 1.3.1 if I use this different mirror (linked from the
rubygems files page):


...which means I had to update the URL in my scripts.

Regardless, even if the 43985 mirror worked for 1.3.1, it still wouldn't be
enough to make scripts stable because:

1. A currently-valid mirror could go offline in the future
2. There is still no generic url to grab the "latest" without hardcoding the
version in the url - which means scripts must still be updated even if all
mirrors worked and stayed around forever.

-- Chad
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