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Re: Upgrading the news URL

On Wed, 2 Apr 1997, Dan Fabulich wrote:

> Andrew Pam wrote:
> > Interesting - I knew that DejaNews had a significant archive of Usenet,
> > but I was not aware until now that they had committed to archiving all
> > of Usenet indefinitely.
> Er, they don't, and can't be expected to.  They have a gigantic chunk
> of Usenet, but I know for a fact that some articles I've written in the
> past year aren't on DejaNews.

That's why it makes sense to move towards a distibuted system.  It
wouldn't be too much of a problem for a newsserver to archive say 1 or two
newsgroups.  (Though some newsgroups have so much traffic......)  If this
were the case, newsgroups could be duplicated on multiple machines and
queries would get routed to all applicable machines.

> > Well, I have already done that part, but I think we need more than just
> > the transclusion syntax!  For one thing, DejaNews represents a potential
> > single point of failure.
> Yes, that was the other problem.  I mean, DejaNews could keep backups
> and mirrors, but I wouldn't want the whole system to be backed up by one
> organization.

True true...


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