MacPattern (Was: ftp at ftp.embl-heidelberg.de

Rainer Fuchs Fuchs at EMBL-Heidelberg.DE
Mon Sep 28 04:28:02 EST 1992


In article <1992Sep24.005109.21258 at nmr-z.mgh.harvard.edu>,
cherry at OPAL.MGH.HARVARD.EDU wrote:

> The ftp.embl-heidelberg.de ftp site is on a very slow network link to
> the outside world. You can retrieve MacPattern from any of the hosts
> listed below. This is what archie says is available on macpattern.

The list that followed in this message showed one of the weaknesses of
Archie:
you can't find information about the authorative site for a program. All
sites listed had outdated versions, sometimes about 2 years old. I don't
want to blame Archie; it can't store more information than is provided. The
Internet IAFA working group is currently trying to establish standards for
describing ftp archives and their contents which will include "authority"
information that could then be picked up by Archie in the future. 

> The EMBL mail server is still one of the best ways to retrieve files
> from Heidelberg.

Nothing to add to this. We keep trying to improve our Internet links.

Rainer Fuchs
EMBL Data Library
Fuchs at EMBL-Heidelberg.DE



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