[Foundation-l] Database dumps

Annabel annabel at wikipedia.be
Wed Feb 21 09:41:44 UTC 2007

It's not high priority, that's right, but you should also look at it 
from the users point of view. If a large  download breaks at 85%, then 
you have to redownload the whole file. I know that there download 
managers, but with bitorrent you have extra certainty for the validity 
of your file: every 1 MB or so, you have a MD5 hash, so corrupt 
downloads can not happen.
Lowering the bandwith on the download server is just an extra advantage.


Delirium schreef:
> Annabel wrote:
>> Bot users are able download database dumps of the wikimedia projects at 
>> http://download.wikimedia.org/backup-index.html.
>> These bzipped dumps can be fairly large (especially for the English 
>> language). Would not it be handy to have a bitorrent link to lower the 
>> load on the download server?
> This was recently discussed briefly on wikitech-l, and the tentative 
> consensus seemed to be that, while that might be useful, it's not a high 
> priority because downloads of the database dumps don't currently account 
> for a large percentage of Wikimedia's total bandwidth consumption, and 
> so aren't the first place to look for bandwidth savings.
> -Mark

More information about the foundation-l mailing list