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Bug 8468

Summary: Peer to Peer download system
Product: Portage Development Reporter: Andrew Aylett <gentoo>
Component: DocumentationAssignee: Portage team <dev-portage>
Severity: enhancement CC: fava, h3y, mholzer, ml, tiago.freire
Priority: Low    
Version: 2.0   
Hardware: All   
OS: All   
Package list:
Runtime testing required: ---
Bug Depends on:    
Bug Blocks: 23747    

Description Andrew Aylett 2002-09-27 10:12:35 UTC
The integration of a P2P system with portage has the potential to speed up the
download of install files, especially those that have not made it on to yet.  Use of MD5 sums (as we do already) means that this is just as
secure a means of file distribution as we have at the moment.

Of course, the user would have to install a server if she wishes to help
distribute files, and some form of nearest neighbor searching would also be
good.  I would imagine that the server (and hence the network) would be
gentoo-specific (although probably based on some other free P2P system) and
would serve files out of /usr/portage/distfiles.

It would be good to have the traditional HTTP and FTP download mechanisms rated
against various P2P sources, and the best (combination of?) download mechanisms
used to get the file.
Comment 1 Fred Van Andel (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2003-10-09 19:31:06 UTC
A gentoo specific p2p distrubition system for distfiles is being worked on.
 Its purpose is mostly to reduce the load on our official mirrors, rather
than speed up the download process.

It will be optional and the conventional methods will still be available.
Comment 2 Marius Mauch (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-02-04 23:45:12 UTC
*** Bug 38930 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Nicholas Jones (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2004-03-20 14:08:34 UTC
Potential module, but not of importance presently.
Comment 4 Marius Mauch (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2007-01-11 11:33:23 UTC
Consider this closed as WONTFIX
This should be implemented as an external tool usable with FETCHCOMMAND
Comment 5 Marius Mauch (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2008-05-28 19:26:19 UTC
*** Bug 223989 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***