[FreeBSD-Ports-Announce] portsnapN.freebsd.org DNS entries are going away

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[FreeBSD-Ports-Announce] portsnapN.freebsd.org DNS entries are going away

Colin Percival-4
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Hi all,

If your /etc/portsnap.conf file has "SERVERNAME=portsnap.FreeBSD.org"
(the default), you can stop reading now; this does not affect you.

For many years, the FreeBSD Portsnap mirrors have had hostnames of
"portsnapN.freebsd.org" for various values of N.  Due to recent
changes in both the set of mirrors I manage and the way that Portsnap
DNS is organized, the official mirror names are now all in the form
"mirrorname.portsnap.freebsd.org" for various values of "mirrorname".

I am in the process of shutting down old mirrors, and in the near
future I will be removing all of the old-style DNS records.

If you have "SERVERNAME=XX.portsnap.FreeBSD.org" for XX equal to "us",
"eu", or "ru", you don't need to do anything; but the "XX." prefix is
no longer necessary, since Portsnap's geolocated DNS will send you to
a nearby mirror without needing you to specify your region in the DNS
name.

If you have "SERVERNAME=portsnapN.FreeBSD.org" for some value of N, you
will find that portsnap stops working until you remove the the N value.
As with the "XX." prefixes the original advantage of doing this (making
sure that you're hitting a nearby mirror) no longer exists.

- --
Colin Percival
Security Officer Emeritus, FreeBSD | The power to serve
Founder, Tarsnap | www.tarsnap.com | Online backups for the truly paranoid
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