[tex-live] hosting inst image

Philip & Le Khanh Philip-and-LeKhanh at Royal-Tunbridge-Wells.Org
Tue Feb 27 08:57:13 CET 2007

Well, that does really point to the need to distribute
it using BitTorrent, IMHO.  The problem is, the vast
majority of BT trackers are given over 99.99% to porn
and/or illegal music, and even those that treat these
as fringe activities are still heavily overloaded because
of the large amount of other dubious material that can
so easily be distributed thereby.  What we /need/ is a
BT-for-CTAN tracker, access to which would be restricted
to members of a recognised TeX user group.  How, I wonder,
might one go about setting one up ?  Does any Board/CTAN/TeX-Live
member have experience of such things ?

Philip Taylor
Karl Berry wrote:
> Due to bandwidth concerns, we can no longer afford to have the inst
> image on ftp://tug.org for public consumption.  Despite semi-hiding it
> from view and my disrecommending it for use, it's found by too many people.
> So: can anyone offer to host it on a separate ftp site?  It's not that
> it in itself is so terribly much traffic, it's just a problem for tug in
> conjunction with everything else.  It is 700mb.  (FTP is better than
> http for big files because (we've found) too many useless spiders follow
> http links.)
> It doesn't make sense to have it on CTAN for the same reasons, plus
> those I previously wrote.
> Thanks,
> Karl

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