Sysadmin Load Reduction: Legacy Compatibility Redirects

Ben Cooksley bcooksley at kde.org
Sat Nov 9 20:49:10 GMT 2019


On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 8:40 AM Albert Astals Cid <aacid at kde.org> wrote:
>
> El dissabte, 9 de novembre de 2019, a les 19:21:30 CET, Ben Cooksley va escriure:
> > On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 12:38 AM Albert Astals Cid <aacid at kde.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > El dissabte, 9 de novembre de 2019, a les 1:02:01 CET, Ben Cooksley va escriure:
> > > > Any comments?
> > >
> > > Cool URIs don't change
> > >     https://www.w3.org/Provider/Style/URI
> >
> > While that would be nice, in practice they do end up changing - and
> > many of the above mentioned sites are simply redirected straight to
> > the wiki so the only page that would have worked for the compatibility
> > redirect is the Index page for that project.
> >
> > Given many of them are extremely old, and which nobody will be trying
> > to access anyway,
>
> Says who?

Says the server logs for the virtual host that supports all of those redirects.
All of the traffic is pretty much bots, vulnerability scanners and
bulk information scrapers.

>
> I just went into google, spent 1 second and there's there's hundreds of links to accessibility.kde.org, why would we want to break all those links?

As noted earlier, only https://accessibility.kde.org/ as a page would
actually send you anywhere useful.

https://accessibility.kde.org/events/meeting1/ for instance, was never
translated across to the wiki, so just gets you an empty page on the
wiki.
For all intents and purposes, these links are already completely dead.

>
> Does it really cost us *anything* maintaining a redirect?

Yes, it does - both in terms of logic within a virtual host in Apache,
as well as the necessary entries in our zone file (which have to be
waded through whenever we are adding entries)

>
> Cheers,
>   Albert

Cheers,
Ben

>
> > we should go ahead and retire them (and as Volker
> > noted in another response to this thread, many of the compatibility
> > redirects we put in place are themselves broken because pages have
> > moved around both within and between the various wikis we host)
> >
> > >
> > > Cheers,
> > >   Albert
> > >
> > >
> >
> > Regards,
> > Ben
> >
>
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