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Gentoo Linux Source Mirrors Policy


1. Requirements

Minimum Bandwidth 

To properly host a source mirror, you should have a minimum of 5Mbps upstream bandwidth. ADSL and cable connections do not generally make adequate connections for distfile hosts due to their limited upstream performance.

Minimum Disk Space 

The space requirements depend on whether you choose to run a "Full" mirror or a "Distfiles only" mirror. Full mirrors require 60 gigabytes of disk space. Distfiles only mirrors require 30 gigabytes of space.

Minimum User Count 

We ask that you support a minimum of 15 and preferrably 30 concurrent user connections.

Update Frequency 

All mirrors must be synchronized every four hours, starting at midnight in your local time zone. This helps distribute the load out over a period of time, rather than having all mirrors synchronize at the same time.

2. Implementation details

For new source mirror requests, the procedure will be as follows:

Set up your server to rsync with Once you have a complete mirror of that server, please file a bug report on under the "rsync" category stating that you have a new mirror and wish it to be added to the list of official mirrors. Please specify whether you wish to be a "Full" mirror or "Distfiles only" mirror. Distfiles only mirrors will be designated as such on the website.

Full mirrors must carry the following directories (plus any directories that get added in the future):

  • /releases
  • /experimental
  • /distfiles
  • /snapshots
  • /grp

Distfiles only mirrors need to carry the following directories:

  • /distfiles
  • /snapshots

We will then verify that the mirror exists and we can connect to it properly. Then, in the next 48-72 hours, we will determine if your mirror is syncing correctly and in accordance with this policy.

If all steps went smoothly, we will then add you to our list of download mirrors on the main web site. We will also send you the login information for our private master distfile mirror which is only available to official Gentoo Linux source mirrors.

Additionally, you, the mirror admin, will be requested to subscribe to the gentoo-mirrors mailing list (low traffic) so that you can follow all issues associated with source mirrors.

Note: Thanks for helping out Gentoo Linux users and developers! :) For any mirror administration issues or problems, please contact [email protected].

Warning: Do NOT email [email protected] for mirror requests, please file a bug. It makes mirror tracking easier on us.

3. Short FAQ

Q: Who should I contact regarding new mirrors or to get my mirror added to the Gentoo web site? 

A: Please file a bug on under the rsync category.

Q: Who should I contact regarding mirror issues and maintenance? 

A: Please file a bug on under the rsync category.

Q: I run a private source mirror for my company. Can I still access the private master source mirror? 

A: Because our resources are limited, we need to ensure we allocate them in such a way to provide the maximum amount of benefit to our users. As such, we limit connections to our master rsync and distfile mirrors to public mirrors only. Users are welcome to use our regular mirror system to establish a private source mirror.

Q: How do I find the mirror nearest to me? 

A: mirrorselect was designed to do this for you. If you haven't already run emerge mirrorselect, then please do so. Then run: mirrorselect. An ncurses-based menu will display allowing you to select a mirror close to you.

Q: I don't have that much disk space. Can I mirror part of the sources? 

A: Yes, if you are unable to mirror our full sources, you can elect to mirror the following two directories only:

  • /distfiles
  • /snapshots

These two directories will require approximately 30GB of space and you will be listed on our site as a distfiles-only mirror.

Q: Do I have to turn on Directory Indexing for directories served up via HTTP? 

A: Directory Indexing is required for the /releases and /experimental directories, but can be turned off for all other directories (including /distfiles) if you wish.

The contents of this document are licensed under the Creative Commons - Attribution / Share Alike license.
Updated June 28, 2004
Kurt Lieber

Corey Shields

Benny Chuang

Jeffrey Forman

Summary:  This document explains the requirements for source mirrors.
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