Apple/Safari being picky about redirects for CTAN mirrors

Petra Ruebe-Pugliese petra at
Wed May 1 11:44:05 CEST 2019

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  It is based on an outdated database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!

   All the best,
      Petra  (from the CTAN team)

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