New hosting outage

You may have noticed that is unavailable again.  We regret the inconvenience, believe me.

As before, 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.

The online documentation is still available through the Sourceforge CVS browser.   

Check back here for updates.


14 responses to “New hosting outage

  1. It’s been over a week with no updates and the site is still down…any news?

  2. Nope. It’s easier just to post when we do get news.

  3. I just got a new Mac. Is there any way for me to download a version of fink, not necessarily the most recent one, in the meantime?

  4. Sure. It’s on Sourceforge, and that’s independent of this issue. Grab the source archive via the Download button on

    The installation instructions inside that aren’t current, but there’s a newer version at

    You’ll want to replace “0.34.5” with “0.34.4” in those, though, because they’ve been updated to target the next release.

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  6. I just added instructions on installing Fink as an “Installing Fink” page on this site, too.

  7. I’m still receiving the same error messages for both cases:

    cvs [login aborted]: connect to failed: Operation timed out
    ### execution of /usr/bin/su failed, exit code 1
    Failed: Logging into the CVS server for anonymous read-only access failed.

    /usr/bin/rsync -az -q rsync:// /sw/fink/TIMESTAMP.tmp
    rsync: failed to connect to Operation timed out (60)
    rsync error: error in socket IO (code 10) at /SourceCache/rsync/rsync-40/rsync/clientserver.c(105) [receiver=2.6.9]
    ### execution of /usr/bin/rsync failed, exit code 10
    Failed to fetch the timestamp file from the rsync server: rsync:// Check the error messages above.

  8. They don’t look the same, but the cause may be.

    These appear to be due to your firewall–I was able to connect in both cases, at any rate. There’s not much we can do about that.

    Talk to your network administrator about whether you’re supposed to work through a HTTP proxy. If so, then use selfupdate-cvs, because that attempts to work via your HTTP proxy settings, whereas rsync really can’t.

  9. Hi,

    Would 0.34.4 work with OS 10.8 could I install the version 0.34.4 suggested above


  10. Yes, 0.34.4 works on 10.8.

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