ftp archives disappearing?
Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Sat Mar 10 22:48:50 CST 2007
At 3:00 PM -0700 3/10/07, Richard wrote:
>Has anyone else noticed that ftp search services like archie seem to
>have disappeared, that the content on ftp sites isn't indexed by
>google very well and that large software archives seem to be
>Try searching for old copies of fractint and they are hard to find,
>even though they were everywhere as recently as 10 years ago.
>What's happened to FTP?
>Should we be working to archive large FTP software repositories?
Well in the case of my anonymous FTP site at ftp://zane.brouhaha.com
it was offline for probably a year or so. Real life took priority.
It's back online and can still be accessed via that address or the
now more proper ftp://ftp.avanthar.com . Of course there isn't a
whole lot of use on the site, and never has been, but there are a
couple of gems.
My problem is that running an anonymous ftp site and having it
properly configured so that it can't be misused, and it doesn't
effect my ability to connect to FTP sites out on the net from my
internal network is a resource drain.
I think it was close to 6 years ago I archived a lot of the PDP-11
related stuff out there on FTP sites, as well as PDP-8, Dec
Professional, and DECmate software. At the time my big problem was
storing the stuff. I split it up so that it would fit on CD-R's. I
really should try to update the archive and rebuild it as DVD's, but
there is that pesky "real life" and to many other things to do. I've
not made any of these available as a mirror, in part because I simply
don't have the bandwidth.
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