[clug] Distributing a large file to many servers

Michael Cohen michael.cohen at netspeed.com.au
Mon Mar 6 01:55:24 GMT 2006

  I thought you can use tftp multicast. For example atftp claims to supports it. I havent had any 
experience with it though - YMMV. Let us know what does work.


On Mon, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:40:34AM +1100, Matthew Sheppard wrote:
> Hi all,
> Something which seems like it should be a solved problem, but on which I 
> haven't been able to dig up a definitive answer.
> Given a number of servers, connected through a switch, where one of the 
> servers has a large (say, 60GB) file, what's the best way to get the 
> file onto all servers. Obviously having each server individually fetch 
> the file from the master will be slower than necessary but managing any 
> other arrangement seems like it will rapidly become quite complex.
> Multicast sounds like it would be helpful, but I'm not aware of any 
> tools for using it in this sort of operation. Bittorrent also seems like 
> it might be helpful, so if there are any pointers for setting up a 
> private bittorrent network with CLI only tools that would be great.
> I'm hoping, however, this is one of those problems which was solved 
> neatly many years ago and is simple if you know the right tools.
> Thanks,
> Matt Sheppard
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