[Support-admins] Change proposal regarding the Rubyforge distribution infrastructure - your input is needed

Tom Copeland tom at infoether.com
Thu Nov 15 10:08:25 EST 2007

On Wed, 2007-11-14 at 17:04 +0100, Dennis Oelkers wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 14, 2007 at 09:56:49AM -0500, Tom Copeland wrote:
> > gem install ikko --source http://rubyforge.vm.bytemark.co.uk/
> > 
> > Hm, I just tried that and it worked... maybe we're doing this already?  
> > 
> > Of course, people would still have to know the proper URL for the gem
> > server...
> Yes, this is already common practice among the rubygems users who experienced the downtimes of rubyforge. That is also the reason why there is always the url to a rubyforge mirror in the topic of #ruby-lang on freenode. Nevertheless in my opinion it is an obvious advantage if this would be handled transparently for the user, so even novice (or users who just do not use irc/mailing lists) are able to cope with downtimes of rubyforge (and I am not only talking about crashes / hardware / network problems, but we also have to deal with planned outages due to software updates or maintenance work done by the provider).

Yup.  So perhaps the RubyGems client would fetch the mirrors list from
somewhere and then pick one?  Maybe we'd have the mirrors list in a
couple of places and hardcode that list into the client, something like



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