[Distutils] Good news everyone, PyPI is behind a CDN

Noah Kantrowitz noah at coderanger.net
Sun May 26 19:34:58 CEST 2013


but seriously, at long last today it was my honor to throw the DNS switch to move PyPI to the Fastly caching CDN. I would like to thank Donald Stufft for doing much of the heavy lifting on the PyPI side, and to Fastly for graciously offering to host us. What does this mean for everyone? Well the biggest change is PyPI should get a whole lot faster. There are two major downsides however. There will now be a delay of several minutes in some cases between updating a package and having it be installable, and download counts will now be even more incorrect than they were before. The PyPI admins are discussing what to do about download counts long-term, but for now we all feel that the performance and availability benefits outweigh the loss. If anyone has any questions, or hears anything about issues with PyPI please don't hesitate to contact me.


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