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Bug 683 - Need support for alternative URIs in SRC_URI
Summary: Need support for alternative URIs in SRC_URI
Alias: None
Product: Portage Development
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Unclassified (show other bugs)
Hardware: x86 Linux
: High enhancement (vote)
Assignee: Daniel Robbins (RETIRED)
Depends on:
Reported: 2002-02-13 10:32 UTC by Arcady Genkin
Modified: 2011-10-30 22:21 UTC (History)
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Description Arcady Genkin 2002-02-13 10:32:04 UTC
The ebuild files should allow specifying multiple mirrors for pulling the
sources.  For example, in the case of net-mail/tmda, the software maintainer
usually keeps only the latest release in  As soon as the next
release comes out, the previous one is moved into  This means that
until the .ebuild is updated for the new release, it will contain an invalid URI
for the sources.

Given that currently SRC_URI treats a list of URIs as multiple files, that need
to be downloaded to build the package, implementing this feature would not be
too easy.  As as starting point, I propose adding optional alternate URIs in
variables SRC_URI[1-9].  This will limit the number of supported backups to 9,
but I think that this is *way* more than enough.
Comment 1 Daniel Robbins (RETIRED) gentoo-dev 2002-02-13 15:31:14 UTC
Can't you just list *both* possible URIs in SRC_URI?  The downloader should try
them both in succession.