Apple/Safari being picky about redirects for CTAN mirrors

Rainer Schöpf rainer at
Wed May 1 11:45:56 CEST 2019

On Wed, 1 May 2019 at 11:44 +0200, Petra Ruebe-Pugliese wrote:

 > Hi Mojca,
 > glad that there is no acute problem for _you_ at the moment.
 > On Wed 01 May 2019 at 11:00:03 +0200  Mojca Miklavec <mojca.miklavec.lists at> wrote:
 >  [...]
 > > Another clarification: this is only a problem in specific geographic
 > > locations where the mirror would point to ftp. 
 >  That's the other big issue:  Geolocation ...
 >  CTAN's mirror redirector software was written ages ago, by an
 >  author who is now long dead.  It is based on an outdated database
 >  format (for the geoip data) and does not support IPv6.
 >  In short:  Most probably a complete rewrite would be needed —
 >  but by whom?
 >  So if anyone feels they would have time and knowledge enough
 >  to write a new redirector to be integrated into our website,
 >  _please_ get in touch with ctan at
 >  Many thanks in advance!

I don't think that we should ask for programmers before we know where we want to 
go with this!


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