Hosting outage

You may have noticed that is unavailable.  The hosting provider at xs4all, where the machine is located, has been notified.  We regret the inconvenience.

In addition to web services, this also affects distribution of updated package descriptions via the rsync mirrors.  The following two workarounds are available:

  1. Use fink selfupdate-cvs to switch to CVS updating, since CVS service is not affected.
  2. Use a different rsync mirror.  The following mirrors update directly from CVS and are not affected by the outage:
    The easiest option to change this is to edit /sw/etc/fink.conf as a super user (e.g. by using sudo nano /sw/etc/fink.conf) and change the Mirror-rsync line directly.

The disruption also affects the mirroring of package sources.  The following two workarounds are suggested:

  1. Use fink configure --mirror and select option 2 at the first prompt, then go through and just hit return to leave everything else unchanged.  This will have fink try to download from the original source first.
  2. Use a different master mirror.  The following mirrors  are not affected by the outage:
    The easiest option to change this is to edit /sw/etc/fink.conf as a super user (e.g. by using sudo nano /sw/etc/fink.conf) and change the Mirror-master line directly. 

Check back here for updates.


34 responses to “Hosting outage

  1. I’m trying to install Fink for the first time – just got a new job and a new Mac. It looks like Fink is the best way to install things like BioPerl. I found Fink on sourceforge and downloaded it, and was getting ready to install when I found that I should be using fink-full-Xcode instead? Any idea where I can download that particular tarball so I can at least get started? It’s now October 9th and it appears the Fink project website is still down 😦

  2. Yeah. Unfortunately I haven’t heard anything new about it.

    I have no idea what “fink-full-Xcode” is. We used to put out a “fink-full-“, but we haven’t made one of those since 10.5 came out.

    Assuming you have downloaded the source for fink-0.34.4, do the following:

    0) Have at least the Command Line Tools for Xcode installed. We recommend Xcode 4.5.1.

    1) Unpack the source, e.g. via running in a terminal window:

    tar -xf $HOME/Downloads/fink-0.34.4.tar.gz

    2) Switch to the base directory of the source:

    cd $HOME/Downloads/fink-0.34.4

    3) Start the configuration by running


    In general I’ve found that the default options when running the bootstrap script have served my needs.

    4) Assuming successful completion of the script, run


    to ensure that Fink’s customized environment gets loaded when you open a terminal session.

    5) Start a new terminal session to load that environment, and run either

    fink selfupdate-rsync


    fink selfupdate-cvs

    to download package descriptions.

    I recommend emailing the Fink Beginners mailing list

    or using the Fink IRC channel, which is #fink on, if you have more questions, since right now I’m the only one monitoring this blog, and I can’t guarantee availability. 🙂

    Unfortunately, it looks like bioperl isn’t available yet on 10.8, due fundamentally to the Tk perl module not working there.

  3. Thank you so very much for the quick answer! Especially the part about bioperl, since that’s my more urgent need and I was only loading up Fink to install that.

    I’ll install bioperl from source instead, and hope that the page comes back soon.

    Thank you again!

  4. Still no news from the xs4all?

  5. Not that I’ve heard–at least not to the Fink Core Team’s mailing lists. I’m traveling, though, so I haven’t been on the #fink IRC channel and there might have been additional information discussed there.

  6. Can we get an update on when this site will be back up?? As of 10/18, it has been down for over two weeks!
    Thanks in advance,

  7. I wish I had an update, but I don’t have any new information.

  8. Additional information: mirroring of package source information is also affected. I’ve updated the main post accordingly.

  9. This is the kind of outage that can kill a project such as Fink. Maybe the next Fink should have some kind of built-in method of using a mirror when the main host goes down.

  10. That’s going to take more than an update to fink.
    Failures to download sources from the Master mirrors _are_ currently handled, since users can pick an original source or go through the Master mirror list until they find a working one–though this might involve going outside of the user’s continent.
    Rsync failures are much harder to detect, since there’s currently no status indication of “failed to connect” in what resides on the rsync servers. Without some kind of hook, there’s nothing for fink to look for.
    What _really_ needs to happen is that all of the mirror sites need to get their information _directly_ from our repository on Unfortunately, the mirrors are run independently from the Fink project, and we can only suggest that they do things differently.

  11. After some discussions in the #fink channel, it seems like we could in principle add a query on all of the rsync mirrors and inform the user if their selected mirror is lagging without huge changes to the code.

  12. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to the server. We’re not exactly inundated by offers of free hosting, so right now there’s not an option for a fallback provider for the services we need.

  13. Are there no url to get contents of ?
    It was good docs for me.

  14. Right now Sourceforge’s CVS is down, but when it comes back online you will be able to view it online through the CVS viewer on Sourceforge. I’ll post a link when that becomes available again.

  15. Pingback: Sourceforge CVS outage | Finkers: a blog about Fink

  16. The CVS viewer is back up. Navigating to:

    will at least allow some access to our documentation pages–links that go to other pages within don’t work.

  17. Thank you for the answer.
    I’m glad the docs is not lost.

  18. How much bandwidth and storage does the site need to get back online?

    Send me back and email, I may have some hosting options to get a site back online.

  19. I’m honestly not sure. If you could drop a note to (no need to subscribe unless you want to) hopefully someone there will have that information.

  20. We appear to be back up now. Thanks for your patience, everybody.

  21. Glad to see fink back up!

  22. No, it’s down again 😦

  23. Urgh. I’ve started a new post to track _this_ one.

  24. Hi

    I am a novice and I just got a mac with OS 10.8 how do I install fink
    I dont find a link to the relevant package

    Thanks in Advance

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