[Foundation-l] Database dumps
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.
> Annabel wrote:
>> Bot users are able download database dumps of the wikimedia projects at
>> 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.
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