F.A.Q. - 3. Fink mirrors

Q3.1: What are Fink Mirrors?

A: Fink mirrors are rsync servers mirroring the current and stable description files that Fink uses to build packages from source.

Q3.2: Why should I use rsync mirrors?

A: Rsync is a very fast protocol. It will update the description files faster than the old CVS update method. Furthermore, CVS updates are always done from while rsync updates can be done from a mirror close to you.

Q3.3: Where can I find more information about Fink mirrors?

A: All Fink mirrors are consolidated under the domain. The Web-Site at has more information.

Q3.4: I cannot connect to rsync server, what should I do?

A: Sometimes very strict firewalls forbid you to connect to rsync services. If that is the case simply continue using the CVS method

Q3.5: I have switched to the rsync method now all info files from the unused trees are gone

A: This is normal. The rsync update method will only update your active tree, e.g. 10.3, and it will also delete the CVS subdirectories.

Q3.6: How can I switch back and forth between methods?

A: By using fink selfupdate-rsync or fink selfupdate-cvs to switch to rsync or CVS, respectively.

Q3.7: What is a Distfiles mirror?

A: Sometimes it is hard to fetch a certain version of sources from the Internet. Distfile mirrors hold and mirror the source packages needed by fink to build its source packages.

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