Opened 8 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

#5145 closed defect (fixed)

Stop making split bundles?

Reported by: Sebastian Owned by: erinn
Priority: Medium Milestone:
Component: Applications/Tor bundles/installation Version:
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Cc: kaner, karsten, erinn, arma, phobos, runa Actual Points:
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Description

While playing with TBB, I began wondering about split bundles. We don't really work on computers that still have floppy disks, and they're additional stuff to make/upload which takes disk and upload time. We don't seem to have stats for how many split bundles are fetched, afaict. Is that correct?

If so, that means we probably have to modify gettor a little so it doesn't offer split bundles anymore, and then just stop making them. Thoughts?

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Change History (12)

comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by Sebastian

Cc: arma phobos added

According to kaner, it would be easy to rip out split bundles. We don't have stats for them, so we don't know how popular they are, but he's looking to get us some over the next days. adding phobos because it appears a funder might be involved

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by runa

From https://trac.torproject.org/projects/tor/ticket/1705#comment:10:

The following numbers have been collected from GetTor logs between 2011-04-01 and 2011-10-04:

Number of help requests: 57189
Number of packages sent out in total: 48758
Number of split packages sent out: 454
Number of OS X packages sent out: 733
Number of Linux packages sent out: 523

We're not sending out a lot of split packages. And we only have split packages for Windows.

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by Sebastian

I asked kaner to take a look at the current stats, and he said still roughly 1% of packages are split package. Imo, that means we should stop here. Can you confirm that is ok, phobos?

comment:4 Changed 8 years ago by phobos

I'm ok with killing the split bundles. Does this mean we're removing them from the website as well? Or is this just gettor?

comment:5 Changed 8 years ago by Sebastian

website + gettor

comment:6 Changed 8 years ago by phobos

Most of the original reason for split bundles was to get around file attachment size limits in gmail and yahoo. The floppy disk sizing was an interesting choice for splitting.

comment:7 Changed 8 years ago by Sebastian

I think we might want to do that inside gettor, and split more closely to the real gmail boundary? The current floppy-sized bundles seem weird

comment:8 Changed 8 years ago by Sebastian

(also splitting at package make time is quite inflexible)

comment:9 Changed 8 years ago by phobos

I'm ok with killing them altogether and seeing what happens.

comment:10 Changed 8 years ago by kaner

Cc: runa added

Done. GetTor doesn't serve split bundles anymore as of now. I'll keep the split package code in there though in case we change our mind in a little while. I removed the split package help suggestion from the initial help text we send to the users so they don't get confused.

Runa: Do we need to adapt the user manual we send out with our packages?

comment:11 in reply to:  10 Changed 8 years ago by runa

Replying to kaner:

Runa: Do we need to adapt the user manual we send out with our packages?

Yes, we need to remove the part about split packages. I've created #5153 and will take care of it.

comment:12 Changed 8 years ago by Sebastian

Resolution: fixed
Status: newclosed

this got merged

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