On Sunday 25 May 2008, Sahil Tandon wrote:

> * Chris Whitehouse <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> [05-24-2008]:
> > Also UK is not in the list of countries at
> > http://mirrorlist.freebsd.org/FBSDsites.php.
>
> Several UK mirrors listed here:
>
>         http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en/books/handbook/mirrors-ftp.html

Unfortunately most of these don't appear to be functional. I've tried to 
access /pub/FreeBSD/ports/ on them with very limited success.

ftp.uk.freebsd.org  => ftp.plig.net
   Failed - /pub/FreeBSD doesn't exist
ftp2.uk.freebsd.org => ftp.mirrorservice.org
   OK
ftp3.uk.freebsd.org => ftp.demon.net
   Failed - Incomplete mirror
   ftp> cd pub/FreeBSD
   250 CWD command successful.
   ftp> dir
   229 Entering Extended Passive Mode (|||52865|)
   150 Opening ASCII mode data connection for file list
   -r--rw-r--   1 root     archives     6254 Nov  5  2002 README.TXT
   drwxr-xr-x   2 root     archives     4096 Oct 24  2004 TrustedBSD
   -r--rw-r--   1 root     archives    20645 Feb  5  2004 dir.sizes
   226 Transfer complete.
ftp4.uk.freebsd.org => sunsite.org.uk
   Failed - Destination Host Unreachable
ftp5.uk.freebsd.org => karma.freebsd-uk.eu.org
   Failed - no response
ftp6.uk.freebsd.org => storm.freebsd.org.uk
   Failed - /pub/FreeBSD doesn't exist

Of the 6 mirrors, ftp2.uk.freebsd.org looks like the only usable one. 
That's what I've been using for quite a while now with no problems.

The situation with UK mirrors for the FreeBSD website is quite messy 
too. The home page at www.uk.freebsd.org doesn't appear to have been 
updated for over a year, the production release is shown as 6.2 and the 
latest security patch is listed as 2007-02-09.

The main FreeBSD site <http://www.freebsd.org/> shows a couple of UK 
mirrors in it's drop-down list, United Kingdom/1 and United Kingdom/2, 
which resolve to  www1.uk.freebsd.org and www3.uk.freebsd.org 
respectively. Currently www1 appears to be down but www3 appears to be 
OK.

I appreciate that www.uk.freebsd.org isn't listed as a mirror on the 
main web site but it's the one many people might intuitively try to use 
and it's a pity that it will give them such an out of date view of 
FreeBSD.

-- 
Mike Clarke
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