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Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2002 09:02:38 +0300 (EEST)
From: SUBREDU Manuel <>
Subject: Re: mirror question

I've set up the mirror for on our ftp server (
It's up to you now if we are going to be an official mirror or just a local
mirror ;)

On Fri, 18 Oct 2002, Solar Designer wrote:

> On Thu, Oct 17, 2002 at 10:55:52AM +0300, SUBREDU Manuel wrote:
> Hi,
> BTW, we really are looking for mirrors in North and South America.
> The Canadian mirror we had is temporarily down and will stay so for a
> while. :-(
> >     My name is Subredu Manuel, and I'm a sysadmin at Romanian Education Network   
> >   Iasi Branch. I've searched the site for a howto or some
> >   infos of how to become an official mirror to openwall. Could you give some
> >   informations on this  issue ?
> Here're the mirroring instructions I wrote in another e-mail:
> ---
> Currently, the known to work way to do Owl mirrors from the primary
> feed ( is to use lftp 2.3.8, preferably the Owl
> package.  (Later versions of lftp contain a known problem, it's being
> dealt with.)
> Create a separate pseudo-user to do the mirroring as, let it update
> the proper public FTP area, and setup a cron job like this:
> 05 6 * * *	umask 022 && cd /home/ftp && /usr/bin/lftp -c 'o && mirror pub -v --delete --exclude Owl &' &> /dev/null
> 15 6 * * *	umask 022 && cd /home/ftp/pub && /usr/bin/lftp -c 'o && mirror Owl -v --delete &' &> /dev/null
> Activity will be logged into ~mirror/.lftp/log.  I suggest that you do
> nightly updates, trying to ensure it is night time in at least one of
> the timezones (of the source or destination).
> For ftp server, I recommend vsftpd.  Again, it's preferable that you
> use the Owl package of vsftpd.  In fact, if you just install Owl on
> the box it'd be perfect.
> It is preferable that you use the same directory structure as on the
> ftp*.* mirrors, then I will be able to assign such a
> name to it as well.  This means that you will need to allocate an
> IP address for this mirror if you also host other FTP content.
> You may advertise the organization hosting the mirror in the one-line
> FTP server's greeting, like this:
> 220 - hosted by DataForce ISP -
> For an official mirror, it's highly desired that the machine doesn't
> offer other, potentially dangerous, public services.  (Well, if you
> install Owl and use just the services that are a part of Owl, that
> would still be fine.)  As an exception, it may host other FTP content.
> ---
> -- 
> /sd

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