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Local Software Repository - ""

BNLís software mirror server,, is a local software repository from which software packages may be retrieved and installed.  The software repository provides BNL with a local copy of different Linux distributions, and other commonly used software by the Linux and Unix community.  BNL Linux users can save time with downloads of software packages and updates as all content is being served locally on the BNL network.

The software repository includes popular Linux distributions among other software.  Some of the Linux distributions that are available on BNLís software mirror server are Debian Linux, Ubuntu Linux, and Red Hat derivatives such as Scientific Linux and Fedora Linux.  The Sun Freeware repository is also mirrored and available on the mirror server.

Following is a list of the various repositories that ITD provides mirrors of.  First is the name of the repository, then number in parenthesis.  That number is approximate time between updates of the repository (h = hour, d = day, w = week).

  • Debian (12h) - Installation and packages for versions 4, 5 and 6 (code named etch, lenny and squeeze, respectively).
  • Debian-CD (12h) - Network Installation .ISO images for Debian's current stable release.
  • Debian Security (1h) - Security update packages with rapid development.
  • Extra Packages For Enterprise Linux (EPEL) (12h) - The Fedora EPEL Project is a volunteer-based community effort from the Fedora project to create a repository of high-quality add-on packages for Red Hat Enterprise (RHEL) and its compatible spinoffs such as Scientific Linux.
  • Fedora (12h) - Installation and packages for versions 9, 10 and 11.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Source RPMs (12h) - Source RPMs for all packages for each supported RHEL version (3, 4 and 5).
  • Scientific Linux (12h) - Installation and packages for SL versions 3, 4 and 5.
  • Scientific Extras (12h) - Extra software repositories for RHEL and SL gathered by Dag Wieers.
  • Sunfreeware (2d) - The long running free software package repository for Solaris maintained by Steven Christensen.  Packages only maintained for Solaris 8, 9 and 10.
  • Ubuntu (12h) - Installation and packages for versions 6.06LTS, 8.04LTS, 8.10, 9.04 (code named dapper, hardy, intrepid and jaunty respectively).  LTS referes to "Long Term Service", as noted on the Ubuntu Wiki
  • Ubuntu ISO (1w) - CD and DVD images for Ubuntu packages and installation.
  • Cygwin (12h) - Installation and packages for Cygwin, a package for providing GNU and Linux style applications and resources under Windows operating systems.

Additional content to be mirrored, such as other OSís, may be requested by anyone in the BNL Linux community, or any employee or guest.  Any requests are subject to approval by ITD.

Currently, there is approximately 1.6 TB of software being hosted on the mirror server.

Top of PageLast Modified: February 14, 2011

To reach ITD Unix Services for any support issues, please contact the ITD Helpdesk via email ( or call x5522.  In any communications, please include the name of the machine(s) in question, as well as their operating system, software package and other relevant information which will allow ITD to help you more effectively.