[Catalog-sig] Proposal: Move PyPI static data to the cloud for better availability

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Tue Jun 15 22:14:02 CEST 2010

Tarek Ziadé wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 7:34 PM, M.-A. Lemburg <mal at egenix.com> wrote:
> [..]
>>> So I think it would be better to focus on PEP 381, and make those
>>> existing mirrors comply with it. And maybe work on the legal issues
>>> you've mentioned
>> That can all happen in parallel.
> I really doubt it.
> You have come with a cloud proposal and want it to be funded by the PSF.
> Your proposal is basically a proprietary mirroring system, and it competes
> with the mirroring protocol we wanted to build, based on the existing
> mirrors the community has.

I'm not trying to compete with your mirror PEP, just trying
to solve a problem.

> So far I don't see any advantage in a cloud-based mirror managed by the PSF,
> compared to a round of community mirrors.

We can have it up and running in a few days and it doesn't
require any changes to existing client tools, that's the main

The proposal solves a problem we have now and doesn't get in the
way of PEP 381. Instead it buys it more time to get finalized,
implemented and deployed on the client side.

If you need funding for PEP 381, please write a proposal.
This would then also need to address the problem of added administration
overhead (screening mirror server providers, getting them registered or
removed, monitored and verified for correct operation, etc.).

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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