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How to Become a Mirror of the XEmacs FTP Site

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If you are in a part of the world which seems poorly served by our existing mirror sites, we would encourage you to set up a local mirror of the ftp.xemacs.org FTP site for you and others in your part of the world to use. So that others may find it, we'll list it on our mirrors page.


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We have a few requirements for those wishing to run a mirror:

  • You must carry the complete site, with no "local" changes.

  • You must do an update-check at least twice a week.

  • You must subscribe to the mailing list for mirror maintainers.

More requirements may be placed at some point in the future, but for now that's all there is.

Also note that :

  • The FTP site is approximately 2.2 gigabytes at the time of writing (December 2001).

  • We highly recommend that you run your mirroring software between midnight and 4am US Eastern Standard Time (4am-8am GMT), when traffic to www.xemacs.org is at its lowest.

Mirroring Techniques

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There are a couple different ways to mirror the XEmacs web site. Here is the list of ways we make available, in order of decreasing preference:

  1. Use rsync. You can find details on rsync at http://rsync.samba.org/. To mirror the XEmacs website, you could use something like :

    rsync -avz --delete rsync.xemacs.org::xemacsftp /local/path/to/mirror

    You can also just do a rsync rsync.xemacs.org:: to get a list of rsync modules available.

Inform us!

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Once the site is set up, send mail to webmaster@xemacs.org to let us know it's been set up, and we'll add it to the list of mirrors. Please be patient if it takes a little while to respond.

The mailing list for mirror maintainers can be joined by following the these instructions.

Good luck!

This document is a locally modified version of the one at the Apache web site. We appreciate their work in writing such a document in the first place.

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