Friday, January 02, 2009

Extra rsync mirrors and usage reminders

I just wanted to send out a quick update to say we've recently added some more mirrors for rsync downloads, thanks to we now have 3 rsync mirrors.

I'm not sure why but around the 14th of December 2008 we started to see a big increase in signature downloads over a period of about 2 weeks. I've done a bit of Google work but so far I've been unable to see what might have caused such a sudden increase in usage. If anyone has any ideas I'd be happy to hear them :).

We would also like to remind people:
1) Please don't download the signature files more than once per hour (at an absolute maximum 15 minutes).
2) Make sure your rsync script refers to the old version when updating the signature files (by downloading over the top of the current version, or use --compare-dest to point to the current version) to save time and bandwidth downloading the complete file each time.
3) Excessive downloads are likely to result in bans from the mirrors (please use the contact form in case of issues).