[Rd] Set up new CRAN mirror; but have questions before finalizing.

Henrik Bengtsson hb at biostat.ucsf.edu
Sat Feb 19 19:00:29 CET 2011

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 10:43 PM, Friedrich Leisch
<friedrich.leisch at stat.uni-muenchen.de> wrote:
>>>>>> On Fri, 18 Feb 2011 22:00:28 -0600,
>>>>>> Paul Johnson (PJ) wrote:
>  > Hi, everybody
>  > I have an account on Dreamhost.com and when I renewed it recently,
>  > their message said my usage of storage and bandwidth had been
>  > reasonably low. In an idle moment about 3 weeks ago, I followed your
>  > instructions to set up a CRAN mirror on their server.  Here it is:
>  > http://www.freefaculty.org/cran
>  > It is not hosted at my University, but it is a working, high
>  > availability server.  Is there any reason it could not be listed as a
>  > CRAN mirror. (Although I really have no idea where these machines
>  > exist. I'm pretty sure it is in the USA. I'll try to find out).
> We would need to know where it is because we lsit mirrors in the US
> sorted by state ...




>  > Maybe you might try it and see?  It has updated several times, no
>  > trouble I can see in that.
>  > I have a couple of small details to ask about.  Maybe this first one
>  > is a potential  "bug report" for the CRAN mirror instructions.
>  > 1. Permissions on "src" and "web" folders are 700,
> Then you must have made a mistake in setting up the mirror, because on
> the master we have 775 for both directories and all directories within
> these two. We also had never complaints about this before.
>  > and so running "update.packages" or an apt-get update against the
>  > debian stuff results in permission denied errors.  I re-set the
>  > permissions manually, but wonder if I'm actually supposed to mess
>  > around with your archive.  After doing that, it works.  But I
>  > worry a little bit about what else might not be readable "down
>  > there" in the hierarchy. And I wonder why any body else's mirror
>  > works without doing that.
> Well, they simply mirrored our permissions ...
>  > 2. When I run "apt-get update" against my mirror, i get a lot of
>  > harassment about the lack of a security key for my repository.  Should
>  > I be publishing an R Core team key to fix that, or my own key to do
>  > what?  I've never administered an apt repository before. I have
>  > administered yum repositories and the security there is in the key on
>  > the individual RPMS, I don't quite understand what the Debian thing is
>  > asking me to do.
> It is quite common then non-official Debian mirrors have no security
> key, I would not worry too much about that.
> Best regards,
> Fritz Leisch
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