In recent months I have asked project teams to "clean up" their
download area, since our mirror sites have been expressing
dissatisfaction with us. Many have responded to the call -- thank
However, many projects still have a very high ratio of stale
files that do not need to be mirrored, and should be deleted
or moved to the archives. Such files include:
-> Older Nightly/Stable/Integration builds. Temporary
in nature, these should be deleted once they have expired.
-> Release builds that are no longer "current".
Release builds can be kept indefinitely; older releases must be
moved to archive.eclipse.org to avoid being mirrored.
-> Build artifacts that are not intended to be downloaded
by the general public. These should be stored on
build.eclipse.org:/shared. Alternatively, you can request that a
build directory be excluded from our mirrors.
I have begun examining our download space in high detail, starting
with the Technology and Tools projects. The
following projects have been excluded from our sync to mirrors
because of their large ratio of "stale" files.
/technology/cosmos /technology/dltk /technology/linuxtools
/technology/nebula /technology/ohf /technology/swtbot /technology/tigerstripe
/tools/buckminster /tools/mylyn /tools/orbit /tools/pdt
/tools/cdt is also guilty; however, that project generates
too many downloads to be excluded. CDT team, please do take some
time to clean up your download space. Next week I will look at Modeling
If you're in one of the above projects, this
means the only options for downloading your bits are
download.eclipse.org and Amazon AWS. Fear not: Amazon has plenty
of bandwidth to support all our downloads, so impact on your users
will be virtually nil. Regardless, maintaining a reasonable
download footprint is imperative.
I know this all may seem heavy-handed, but it's not meant to be.
I simply want to avoid a collapse of our network of mirror sites.
If you believe I've wrongly assessed your
downloads area, or if you've cleaned it up, I will happily reverse
the exclusion. If you need assistance in moving files to the
archives, please send an email to webmaster@xxxxxxxxxxx. If
specific subsets of your downloads area must remain there, please
ask for them to be excluded. Any further ideas, or discussion can
happen on https://bugs.eclipse.org/bugs/show_bug.cgi?id=315073.
Thanks for your understanding,
 Moving files to the archives: