Strange contents on some ftp mirrors

Dominic Fandrey kamikaze at
Wed Jul 28 22:18:03 UTC 2010

On 28/07/2010 23:24, Andrew W. Nosenko wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 18:39, Dominic Fandrey <kamikaze at> wrote:
>> On 28/07/2010 15:15, Marcin Wisnicki wrote:
>>> On Tue, 27 Jul 2010 21:03:21 -0700, perryh wrote:
>>>> Marcin Wisnicki <mwisnicki+freebsd at> wrote:
>>>>> At this very moment, french package mirror has INDEX newer than in
>>>>> other mirrors:
>>>> ...
>>>>> yet it does not have those packages.
>>>>> How could something like this happen ?
>>>> By being examined while a resync was in process: evidently the new INDEX
>>>> file had been transferred but that package file (and likely others) were
>>>> still in transit or perhaps not even started yet. Mirroring is not an
>>>> instantaneous process.
>>> Yeah that was it, but it is really, really bad.
>>> Mirroring must be atomic (mirror to temporary directory then rename).
>>> Otherwise there is a large window of time every couple of days when upgrading
>>> packages will at best fail or leave you with broken system.
>>> I did binary upgrade with pkg_upgrade yesterday and half of my system was linked
>>> against wrong libintl version :(
>> The next version of pkg_upgrade will check every downloaded package
>> against the master server after completing the download.
> Excuse me?  The ports check downloaded source tarball against SHA
> checksum.  Just for nay case like downloading error or malicious
> inject.  Did you try to say that binary package have no such
> safeguard?

Exactly. The INDEX does not contain such information. The thing
is to do that, the pointyhat INDEX format would have to differ
from the ports INDEX format.

A possiblity of course, but also a source of trouble if the INDEX
format of the ports should ever change, something I desire:

Another solution would be to add an empty column that pointyhat
can fill in.

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