[Haskell-cafe] Offer to mirror Hackage

Dan Knapp dankna at gmail.com
Sat Dec 4 17:31:26 CET 2010

With Hackage down, now seemed like a good time to push this issue
again.  It's such an important site to us that it's really rather a
shame there are no mirrors of it.  I have a personal-and-business
server in a data center in Newark, with a fair chunk of bandwidth,
which I'd like to offer for a permanent mirror.  Is there interest in
this?  Who do I need to talk to for it to happen?

Strategy-wise, I think the best approach is round-robin DNS, since
that's transparent to the end user - everything would still appear at
the URL it's at now, but behind-the-scenes magic would let things keep
working when one or the other site is down.  I haven't personally set
up such a system before but I'm willing to take on the burden of
figuring it out.

So I have a better idea of what I'm signing up for, can anyone tell me
how much disk space and how much bandwidth per month Hackage uses?  I
have a fair chunk of both, as I say, but I'd like to know in advance
to ensure that things go smoothly.

As for what I'd want in return for this, really nothing.  I wouldn't
say no to an unobtrusive mention somewhere on the site, but I'd be
happy just knowing I'd given something back to the Haskell community,
which has given a lot to me.

Dan Knapp
"An infallible method of conciliating a tiger is to allow oneself to
be devoured." (Konrad Adenauer)

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