misc/132718: Information about adding a new mirror is outdated / nonfunctional

Kevin McCarthy me at kevinmccarthy.org
Mon Mar 16 21:50:02 PDT 2009

>Number:         132718
>Category:       misc
>Synopsis:       Information about adding a new mirror is outdated / nonfunctional
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       non-critical
>Priority:       low
>Responsible:    freebsd-bugs
>State:          open
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   current-users
>Arrival-Date:   Tue Mar 17 04:50:01 UTC 2009
>Originator:     Kevin McCarthy
>Release:        current
Hawaii Open Source Foundation
The FreeBSD handbook section 5.2 - "How to become official then?" states the following:

1. Create a new FreeBSD mirror
2. Read the documentation on http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/articles/hubs/mirror-official.html
3. Follow the instructions.  Observe lack of response.

 >If everything works so far, contact the DNS administrator responsible for your region/country, and ask
 >for a DNS entry for your site. The admin should able to be contacted via <hostmaster at CC.FreeBSD.org>, 
 >where CC is your country code/TLD. Your DNS entry will be as described in Section 4.1.
 >If there is no subdomain set up for your country yet, you should contact <mirror-admin at FreeBSD.org>, 
 >or you can try the FreeBSD mirror sites mailing lists first.
 >Whoever helps you get an official name should send email to <mirror-admin at FreeBSD.org> so your site 
 >will be added to the mirror list in the FreeBSD Handbook.
 I have created a new mirror and have attempted to go through this process.  The following are the email addresses I have tried to get my new mirror added:
 1. mirror-admin at US.FreeBSD.org
 2. mirror-admin at FreeBSD.org
 3. hubs at FreeBSD.org
 4. hostmaster at FreeBSD.org - the following was returned as a bounce:
 >This is a canned auto-reply to your recent email to hostmaster at freebsd.org.
 >Your message has NOT been read by a human.  If you need human
 >assistance, use the following @freebsd.org addresses:
 >questions@    (problems finding, downloading or installing freebsd)
 >ftpadm@       (regarding the contents of the ftp mirrors - corrupt files etc)
 >hubs@         (dealing with mirrors, corrupt files on mirrors, etc)
 >dnsadm@       (specific dns zone change instructions)
 >ftp-master@   (access to ftp-master.*.freebsd.org)
 I then attempted the following email addresses:
 5. hubs at FreeBSD.org
 6. dnsadm at FreeBSD.org
 None of these emails were answered at all.  I also sent an email to
 7. freebsd-hubs at FreeBSD.org (mailing list), which did get a response from another member of the list recommending I read the FreeBSD handbook procedure.  I explained my previous attempts but didn't get any responses.
 Also I tried the IRC channel a few times.  What is the correct procedure for getting a new mirror added?  This process is too difficult and will discourage bandwidth donators.

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