ut-files.com may be closing

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How much can a mediafire account hold? I've seen some with literally thousands of maps and while i don't have that many, my mediafire acount is free.

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I don't have the time to upload 1TB worth of stuff to another location. That would take my connection a very, very long time to achieve. I also don't have 1TB of space free at home to download from the server, so I can upload somewhere else.

The files are there, if someone wants to take on the task of downloading all of it and uploading it to mediafire, go for it.
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OK. so it's purely a standing-cost.
How about a sponsor ? You could maybe approach Epic or one of the commercially successful outfits like Tripwire Interactive or RuneStorm ? You can make it in their interest as an official mirror of their files.
A deal for one years server rental ? Not too much to ask companies like that with an actual vested interest in your content.
You could offer to mirror all the UDK files and user-content, if Epic were game for it.
Can you get a cheaper deal for paying for a whole year? So can you present a better deal ?

FilePlanet was the official store, but it grew too big and became a mess even before it went to hell in a hand-bag.
You can offer them the same you offer us gamers and creators daily;
No frills, easy to navigate, fast downloads, with an exceptional "end-user-experience" and an endless stream of happy gamers.
I'm sure you get the sort of thing I mean ;) Make them want your service too.

On another note, I know this may be a little naughty? but I think it is the point of the Web Archive anyway, and it is setup for harvesting.
If you backup the whole thing (this goes for everyone) via the Web Archive's live portal, it will all be mirrored in their system
eg. http://liveweb.archive.org/http://www.ut-files.com/
I would imagine you could do this with a script if you are any good at cobbling scripts together.
I have not seen an option there to do a site-import which would be great. They may have some bulk submit system I missed.
Time for me to poke about more.

No idea what the deal is with all these Universities that offer free ftp hosting. Some may have limitations you can live with such as reduced speed, rather than a max you can store.
The Aminet for many years has used this old-fashioned free system, which many Linux distributors also favour.
Here are a few places with huge mirrors. Hopefully then you can just use FXP transfer.
http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/
http://ftp.uni-bremen.de/pub
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/
http://ftp.uni-stuttgart.de/pub/

Maybe think about mirroring the different sections on different free FTP spaces, if there is a size issue. The site is already coded with different URLs for some sections, so users would not notice anything.

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First off Leroy I'm sorry for where things are. It's a really tough time now, lots of people are in similar spots. I have a couple of friends who are leaving here to find some work because the service industry is taking such a beating right now. You are smart though and you'll land on your feet. It just may take a little bit.

Before you lose access is there a way I can mirror your site to another host? OFC you can have complete and full access, keep running it like you are now but financially I'm in a position where it never has to go away. Do you see enough traffic to warrant working out an alternative besides where you are headed?

Look, I know you and I have had our moments but we both would like UT to stay around. Losing UT-Files would badly hurt (if not outright destroy) the UT community by removing it's best repository. I'm sure I'm not your favorite choice but I can keep it from going away. I can have a host arranged and running this weekend if it needs to happen, just give the word.

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Dr.Flay wrote:OK. so it's purely a standing-cost.
How about a sponsor ? You could maybe approach Epic or one of the commercially successful outfits like Tripwire Interactive or RuneStorm ? You can make it in their interest as an official mirror of their files.
A deal for one years server rental ? Not too much to ask companies like that with an actual vested interest in your content.
You could offer to mirror all the UDK files and user-content, if Epic were game for it.
Can you get a cheaper deal for paying for a whole year? So can you present a better deal ?

FilePlanet was the official store, but it grew too big and became a mess even before it went to hell in a hand-bag.
You can offer them the same you offer us gamers and creators daily;
No frills, easy to navigate, fast downloads, with an exceptional "end-user-experience" and an endless stream of happy gamers.
I'm sure you get the sort of thing I mean ;) Make them want your service too.

On another note, I know this may be a little naughty? but I think it is the point of the Web Archive anyway, and it is setup for harvesting.
If you backup the whole thing (this goes for everyone) via the Web Archive's live portal, it will all be mirrored in their system
eg. http://liveweb.archive.org/http://www.ut-files.com/
I would imagine you could do this with a script if you are any good at cobbling scripts together.
I have not seen an option there to do a site-import which would be great. They may have some bulk submit system I missed.
Time for me to poke about more.

No idea what the deal is with all these Universities that offer free ftp hosting. Some may have limitations you can live with such as reduced speed, rather than a max you can store.
The Aminet for many years has used this old-fashioned free system, which many Linux distributors also favour.
Here are a few places with huge mirrors. Hopefully then you can just use FXP transfer.
http://www.mirrorservice.org/sites/
http://ftp.uni-bremen.de/pub
http://ftp.sunet.se/pub/
http://ftp.uni-stuttgart.de/pub/

Maybe think about mirroring the different sections on different free FTP spaces, if there is a size issue. The site is already coded with different URLs for some sections, so users would not notice anything.
What I think I might end up doing is just hosting the content on my server I have here at home. It will be on a slow connection but at least the content will still be somewhat accessible to others. Then when I do get back in a position to afford a dedicated server I will just spend the days/hours uploading it all to the new server. Due to what has happened in the past, I have most of the site already backed up on that server anyway. Well about half of it really since it's just a 250G hard drive. I need to track down another hard drive in the 750GB or 1TB range so I can grab the other stuff. Granted it's all mostly just the redirects that I don't have backed up. I have until around the middle of September before the payment is due on the server and thus it will probably get shut down a day or two after that. (Crap, for some reason I was thinking the server had a 500G hard drive in it, but it's only a 250G hard drive. Granted I have majority of the file repositories saved to it already, I don't have any of the redirects, the forums or the news site.)

With that being said, I have a lead on a new job position at one of the local casino's as a Slot Technician. One of my best friends is a Slot Supervisor and knows the Slot Tech Manager(s) so he's put in a good word for me to them. Just waiting to hear back from them for an interview since they've lost two techs in the past three days now. It's looking promising but I hate counting my chickens before they hatch; It's just hard not to.
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Lucky for me, someone just delivered two 250G hard drives to me. Got them mounted on my linux box here at the house and running running backups on the rest of the files. Will continue to do so until I fill them up.

Guess I wont be using my Internet connection for a while now. :wtc:
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what is the old server?

and the current page will remain open or be changed by another?

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In that case for now if you are hosting from home, you should definitely use CoralCDN.
Quote from their site.
CoralCDN is a free and open content distribution network based around peer-to-peer technologies, comprised of a world-wide network of web proxies and nameservers. It allows a user to run a web site that offers high performance and meets huge demand, all for the price of a $50/month cable modem....*EDIT*
...CoralCDN has been continuously operated since March 2004, running on 300-400 servers on the PlanetLab testbed, spread worldwide. As of 2011, it receives 25-50 million requests per day from a few million unique clients.
The front page and news have absolute addresses so would need to be adjusted, but all the sub folders of the file sections work well. Try for your-selves right now. Click on one. I just had the first one serving me files from Germany (much closer to me).
http://www.ut-files.com.nyud.net
http://unreal.ut-files.com.nyud.net
http://unrealii.ut-files.com.nyud.net
http://ut2004.ut-files.com.nyud.net
http://ut3.ut-files.com.nyud.net

The ports Coral uses are limited. I think they are 80, 90, 8080, and 8090 (something like that)
try using the redirects when you get the chance to test http://uz.ut-files.com.nyud.net etc.
You (Skills) will see the biggest benefit, as popular files are requested repeatedly your server will not be having to deal with it.
With regular accesses via the CDN, you should find quite a difference.
Any people doing site-rips would actually be doing you a favour :D
This is also the perfect setup for redirects, :bowdown: as many players may be requesting the same files at the same time.
The idea of Coral is to serve the files to the client from the closest cache, again helping with people half way round the planet.

:bigthumb: You can also just add it to your browser, and try it anywhere a site is laggy (my main use).
http://coralcdn.org/plugins/
It is so simple and ultimately FREE, so you can't lose out if you don't like it.

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monxdio wrote:what is the old server?

and the current page will remain open or be changed by another?
The site will be closing.
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Skillz, I can't pm you but shoot me one if possible or send me an e-mail. Would like to talk with you.

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