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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] How serious are we about hiding our releases?

On 06/19/2012 08:18 AM, Alexander Nyßen wrote:
Will it do any harm if I publish the release (which is anyhow promoted as RC4 on the milestones update-site) to the releases update-site in advance?

I can only speak from the infrastructure perspective.

As I type this, 18 mirrors (our configured limit) are connected and pulling in the final bits for some projects.  As you can suspect, these mirrors draw a noticeable amount of bandwidth.  As more projects move their files in their final locations, our 50-or-so mirrors will be picking up the changes, and we'll be under some strain for the rest of the week.  That's why we call this "quiet week".

If some projects start publishing actual release bits, then we must also deal with the added pain of supporting these user downloads.  Since the mirrors are not fully caught up, download.eclipse.org will be the only server available.  This will lead to congestion and grumpy users.

Don't underestimate the amount of users who "Check for updates" just out of curiosity.  It's also no secret that Eclipse has a big release "sometime towards the end of June" so as the days go by, anxious users get increasingly click-happy.

Back in the old days we didn't have a sync period, and releases where quite chaotic.


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