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<h1><a href="http://fink.sourceforge.net/news/#2006-08-19%20Server%20down%3B%20workarounds%20available">Server down; workarounds available</a></h1>
The server which hosts four important
fink services (the rsync update, the binary distribution, the "master mirror"
of source files, and the package database) is down at the moment. We are
hoping that the server will be restored as early as Monday, August 21,
but are providing these workarounds for use during the period of outage.
To update fink, you must either select an rsync mirror other than the
primary one (see the next paragraph), or use the command
fink selfupdate-cvs. You only need to give this command
once; subsequent updates will continue to be performed using CVS.
When the server is restored, you can revert to rsync updating by means
of the command fink selfupdate-rsync.
To work around the lack of the binary distribution, and the "master mirror"
of source files, run the command fink configure. You should
accept the default answers to all of the questions, except the following:
when asked "Should Fink try to download pre-compiled packages from
the binary distribution if available?" answer "no" (to disable the binary
distribution); when asked if you want to change the mirror settings,
answer "yes", and then you will be asked "What mirror order should fink use
when downloading sources?". The answer is "2: Search Master Mirrors last"
(to disable the automatic attempts to use the master mirror server).
Finally, if you have decided to stick with rsync for updates, when asked to
"Choose a mirror for 'RSync SelfUpdate'" you should choose one other than
rsync://master.us.finkmirrors.net/finkinfo/. Unfortunately, other choices
might not be available to you if you are in the U.S.
Finally, to use the package database during the outage, you can connect
to <a href="http://lists.finkproject.org/pdb">this backup copy of the
package database</a> which is a few weeks out of date.
</p><p>URL: <a href="http://fink.sourceforge.net/news/#2006-08-19%20Server%20down%3B%20workarounds%20available">http://fink.sourceforge.net/news/#2006-08-19%20Server%20down%3B%20workarounds%20available</a></p>