Introducing Metalink « hueniverse

Ernest Prabhakar ernest.prabhakar at
Thu Dec 10 23:06:36 PST 2009

Interesting new RFC - think MacPorts might be able to use it to help manage mirror sites?

-- Ernie P.

Metalinks are frequently used for large files or files stored on many mirrors. Because of this, many open source projects like cURL,, openSUSE, Fedora, Ubuntu, & others use them to turn their mirrors into a coordinated Content Distribution Network. About 50 applications support Metalinks. Package update programs like Appupdater and yum use them behind the scenes. File hosting services are starting to provide Metalinks for downloads, and search engines are starting to index them.

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