[Distutils] What to do about the PyPI mirrors

Noah Kantrowitz noah at coderanger.net
Sun Aug 4 09:14:30 CEST 2013

On Aug 3, 2013, at 5:17 PM, Donald Stufft wrote:

> On Jul 25, 2013, at 1:38 AM, Richard Jones <r1chardj0n3s at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I've just been contacted by someone who's set up a new public mirror
>> of PyPI and would like it integrated into the mirror ecosystem.
>> I think it's probably time we thought about how to demote the mirrors:
>> - they cause problems with security (being under the python.org domain
>> causes various issues including inability to use HTTPS and cookie
>> issues)
>> - they're no longer necessary thanks to the CDN work
>> So, things to do:
>> - links and information on PyPI itself can be removed
>> - tools that use mirrors still need to be able to but mention of using
>> public mirrors is probably something to demote
>> These are just rough thoughts that occurred to me just now.
>>   Richard
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> Can we close the loop on this? Ideally I think any public mirrors
> should need to register their own domain name. We can either
> maintain a list of unofficial mirrors, or Ken Cochrane has been
> doing a good job I think of keeping a list (as well as tracking some
> basic stats) at http://pypi-mirrors.org/ so maybe we can just point
> people to that as the list of mirrors?
> Ideally we should get all of them off the *.python.org namespace.

As the one with the finger on the not-the-metaphorical button, I think we should say that two (2) months from now, on October 1st 2013, the [a-g].pypi.python.org DNS names will all be redirected to front.python.org and another two months beyond that (2013-12-01) they will all be deleted (along with last.pypi.python.org). That seems like a very generous deprecation schedule, especially given that all the needs to change is some domain registrations.


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