[Bioclusters] FYI-- NCBI officially supports rsync:// for ftp .ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

Al Daneau ADaneau at CGR.Harvard.edu
Tue Nov 23 12:05:24 EST 2004

I believe Chris Botka also tried this over the Harvard I2 connection and got
good results going to our BlueArc Titan.
Al Daneau

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Dagdigian [mailto:dag at sonsorol.org] 
Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2004 9:29 AM
To: bioclusters at bioinformatics.org
Subject: [Bioclusters] FYI-- NCBI officially supports rsync:// for

Someone told me over an IM session (thanks Al!) that they were using 
rsync to get data from NCBI. Since bio-mirror.org does not mirror the 
raw FASTA files I'm constantly downloading files from 
ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov using http or ftp clients.

Sure enough when I pointed rsync at ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov:: I got back 
valid service entries.

The rsync services mirrors the directory structure so you can do things 

rsync -av ftp.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov::blast/db/FASTA/ /local/data/FASTA/

I emailed tech support at NCBI to ask if this was a private or public 
service and the response was:

> Thanks for checking. 
> This service was just put in place. It is officially supported.

This is great news!


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