[tor-mirrors] New Tor download mirror: ftp.acc.umu.se

Niklas Edmundsson nikke at acc.umu.se
Fri Apr 13 13:54:02 UTC 2018

Academic Computer Club (ACC), Umeå University, Sweden hereby announces 
the intent to provide a download mirror for the Tor dist files. 
ftp.acc.umu.se has 20 Gbit dedicated connectivity to SUNET, and enjoys 
excellent peering towards Europe and US via NORDUnet.

Despite the name, the cluster is heavily optimized for http/https and 
also provides rsync service.

We sync hourly from rsync://rsync.torproject.org/dist-mirror/

Mirror inclusion csv:

ftp-adm at acc.umu.se, Academic Computer Club Umea University, SE, Sweden, Europe, TRUE, TRUE, TRUE, , , , , http://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/torproject.org/dist/, https://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/torproject.org/dist/, rsync://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/torproject.org/dist/, , Fri Apr 13 15:34:07 CEST 2018

(see also comments below)

* Mirror name


* Mirror organization

Academic Computer Club, Umeå University

* Mirror location

Umeå, Sweden

* Mirror speed

20 Gbps

* Mirror administrator (email)

ftp-adm at acc.umu.se

* Mirror access URLs




*NOTE* that the cluster is highly optimized for http/https, so despite 
the name we prefer to not publish clickable FTP links. Those who 
really needs to use FTP can usually figure it out from the site name!

*NOTE2* that the cluster uses redirects to offload requests for large
files to dedicated large-file offload targets. Mechanisms that check
mirror status must not treat this as an error.

Some observations on the mirror list .csv

1) The .csv is in need of cleanup, there is a mix of 
TRUE/FALSE/True/False/YES/NO/Yes/No that should be streamlined into 
one flavour.

2) Most subRegion/region entries are most likely wrong? At least there 
are different interpretations on what it should be.

3) The tormirror.snydernet.net entry is missing a region entry, 
causing the rest of the entries to become misaligned

I'd recommend simply loading the .csv into libreoffice or similar to 
more easily spot the irregularities.

An observation on the Tor download page
https://www.torproject.org/download/download-easy.html.en :

When clicking the download links it seems like the main download links 
redirects to dist.torproject.org (which contains only torproject.org 
hosts), despite the fact that there are closer mirrors available. 
While this do offload the main site, it also makes limited use of 
community mirrors.

Among the motivations for running ftp.acc.umu.se are the aim to 
provide excellent service to our region, and omitting use of community 
mirrors tends to defeat that purpose.

We strongly recommend deploying a mirror redirect service to optimally
utilize your mirrors. In addition to geo-aware redirection,
they usually only redirect requests to updated mirrors that
actually have the file in question.

Mirrorbits https://github.com/etix/mirrorbits comes highly recommended
by many projects that we mirror.

On behalf of the ftp.acc.umu.se admins,

  Niklas Edmundsson, Admin @ {acc,hpc2n}.umu.se      |     nikke at acc.umu.se
  A KGB keyboard has no <ESC> key.

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