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

M.-A. Lemburg mal at egenix.com
Wed Jun 16 14:20:09 CEST 2010

Antoine Pitrou wrote:
> Tarek Ziadé <ziade.tarek <at> gmail.com> writes:
>> And we happen to have this network already: lots of people
>> will host a PyPI mirror as soon as it's easy to set one imho.
> You must be careful that the mirrors are properly managed and administered,
> though. Having stale/dysfunctioning mirrors is worse than having no mirrors at 
> all.
> It is likely that some people will setup a mirror and then "forget" to take care
> about it. Like our buildbots really.

Right, it's that administration overhead I was referring to.

Perhaps we should just let the users decide:

a) they use the default PyPI access (which we then enhance by
   caching the content in the cloud)

b) they setup their easy_install or zc.buildout to pull data
   from a mirror network by enabling a configuration option

Since implementing option b) will require updating existing
package tools on the client side anyway, the extra configuration
shouldn't be a problem.

Option a) requires no changes whatsoever on the client side.

Marc-Andre Lemburg

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