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Fedora mirror at home with improved hardware

It was always a dream to have a fully functional Fedora mirror in the local network which I can use. I tried many times before, mostly with copying rpms from office, carrying them around in hard drive, etc. But never managed to setup a working mirror which will just work (even though setting it up was not that difficult). My house currently has 3 different network (from 3 different providers) and at any point of time 1 of them stays down 😔

Hardware

If you remember my post on home storage, I was using Banana Pi(s). They are still very nice, and Fedora runs on them properly, but they were not very powerful, things like rsync was crawling on them. This PyCon, I received Minnowboard Turbot from John Hawley(Thanks a lot once again). It took time to get them setup (as I don’t have a monitor with HDMI, I had to steal the TV from the front room), they are finally up in my own production environment. Installation of Fedora was super easy, just used the latest Fedora 24 from a live USB stick, and I was ready to go.

In the picture above you can see two of those running, you can also see a Banana Pi in the back.

Syncing up the mirror

Now for my work, I mostly need x86_64, and nothing else (I update my ARM boards, but not regularly). So following the tips in #fedora-noc channel from smooge, and puiterwijk, and some tips from this wiki page, I started rsyncing the 24GA. This was around 55GB, and took me some days to get it in. Mean while Chandan helped me by syncing the updates repo. Right now I have a cron job which syncs the update repo every night.

Remember to add the following your Apache virtualhost configuration

  AddType application/octet-stream .iso
  AddType application/octet-stream .rpm