[Support-mirrors] Questions on RubyForge outages
tom at infoether.com
Wed Oct 11 16:23:34 EDT 2006
> Yesterday I noticed rubyforge was down, as well as gem
> downloads. I'm just curious of the details behind this, and
> why the gem mirrors didn't help this situation.
Hi Chad -
It's because the gem index isn't mirrored out, so you can't do something
like "gem install rails --source http://foo_bar". At least, I don't
think the index is getting mirrored out. But maybe it should be. Hm,
is that all that's necessary to run a gem server? I think so... must
> Was the central server that is doing the round-robin down, or
> the whole rubyforge domain?
Just the one machine that hosts rubyforge.org.
> Also, what happens if everything is up on rubyforge, but one
> of the mirrors is down. Is the mirror selection algorithm
> smart enough to remove a server from the round-robin if it is
> down, or will people just get a failure if they happen to get
> assigned to that server when it's down?
The latter - people will just get an error if they're redirected to the
server that's down. Dennis has written a script to fix this; I need to
integrate it into the gem redirector thingy.
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