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Server exhausted, mldonkey clients charged

Item posted by Mathieu Roy <yeupou> on Fri 07 Mar 2003 10:27:33 AM UTC.

The Savannah server is currently exhausted because hundred of mldonkey clients are trying to download differents files as servers-list or motd (server.met, motd.html, motd.conf, peers.ocl).

Despite the fact that we now fordib access to this kind of data, it still creates tons of http connections and generates lot of CPU usage.

Please keep in mind that Savannah is a free software
<b>development</b> tool, not a part of a p2p network. Offering data to
be downloaded which is neither documentation or software is unacceptable

If you use a software like mldonkey, please configure it to stop looking for these files here - or shut it down if it's not configurable.

If you are member of a project creating such troubles (mldonkey frontend or whatever), please remove this "feature".

If you notice similar "feature" in an another software hosted on Savannah, please tell us at

other software connection to savannah (posted by Bjarke Freund-Hansen, Sat 26 Jul 2003 02:20:53 PM UTC)

Just to discuss the question. Would it be okay if I make my software check for new versions at savannah, say once a day?

Where's the limit, what about on each startup? or once each hour?

What are your policy for this?

Note: I don't have any project doing this, just asking.

update your mldonkey copy (posted by Mathieu Roy, Tue 11 Mar 2003 12:31:21 AM UTC)

Please, update your mldonkey copy.

Whining isn't going to help (posted by Michel Meyers, Sat 08 Mar 2003 11:59:13 AM UTC)

You need to get:
- the mldonkey devels to move off those files and change the default settings in the mldonkey client
- the mldonkey users to change their current settings

The first steps have been taken (the news item was mentioned on the mldonkey-users list) but that's probably not enough.

For mldonkey users reading this here's the settings to change in your downloads.ini:

 network_update_url = ""

 web_infos = [
  ("server.met", 1, "");
  ("server.met", 1, "");

Just change the to something like 'localhost' ... downloading these files won't work then but it currently doesn't work anyway and at least it takes the load off the server here.

(I'll also post the above to the mailing list... but as for the devels, not much I can do apart from making a request)

Mirroring? (posted by CiarĂ¡n O Riordan, Fri 07 Mar 2003 02:03:34 PM UTC)

I have a friend who admins at an ISP, he was offering to
mirror some more sites.  Could he mirror savannah?

(assuming his offer is still valid)

Ciaran O'Riordan



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