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Re: Stalish downloads still on Tigris

From: Mark Phippard <markphip_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 07:09:06 -0400

Given that they are out of date and no longer maintained maybe we
should start by removing them from our current list of binary packages
and see if the traffic for them goes down? I doubt that is where the
traffic is coming from but it is worth a try and I think it also makes

Fellow SVN Devs: any objections to doing this?

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 6:29 PM, Jack Repenning
<jackrepenning_at_tigris.org> wrote:
> It turns out that there are still quite a few folks downloading the rather stale-ish binary packages still stored on Tigris (Subversion installers and language bindings). We see around 40,000 downloads of these files per week, even though the newest is version 1.6.6. This is probably mostly confusion. I wonder if we shouldn't do something to un-confuse all these people?
> What I'd propose would be:
> 1. move these packages to some other directory, that a bit more clearly shows their status (such as the existing "Windows Archive" one)
> 2. Put something (banner note, or URL-reference, something like that) into the folder to direct lost wanderers to packages.html or similar.
> Sound reasonable? Additional thoughts? I'm happy to do the work.
> Background:
> There are, of course, other places with newer packages available. I don't really know why people keep downloading the new ones (and non-trivial numbers are still downloading Really Old Ones, even back into "releases" 0.X.X). A few of these downloads are probably people who know what they're doing -- testing against old versions, for example, to isolate when a problem first arose. But 40K/week? I don't think so!
> Mark Phippard and DJ Heap both suspect these are, fundamentally, some sort of confusion: people think Tigris is "the official source," or something like that. I had thought there might be some deeper reason, such as preferring the packaging format, but they talked me out of that.
> -==-
> Jack Repenning
> jackrepenning_at_tigris.org
> Domain Administrator
> http://www.tigris.org

Mark Phippard
Received on 2010-06-25 13:09:48 CEST

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