Alternate Content Sources¶
This feature requires plugin support to work correctly.
Pulp supports the concept of Alternate Content Sources (ACS) which sync content using a remote. Each content source is a potential alternate provider of files that are associated with content units in Pulp.
The ACS are useful when dealing with an unreliable or slow internet connection to remote
repositories. Also, when some parts of the repositories are already present on the local
filesystem, configuring a remote pointing to, e.g.,
file://path/to/the/repo enables the
related ACS to fetch the content faster. Similarly, if there exists a mirror of a CDN that is known
to be geographically closer to clients, the ACS may come to the place as well.
Setting the ACS tells Pulp to first check for alternative sources of content in an attempt to pull the remote content. The ACS have a global scope. Thus, alternative sources will be used in all future synchronization tasks regardless of the remote specified during the sync time as long as the checksums of remote artifacts match.
To create ACS, you’ll need a Remote with the “on_demand” policy. You can have ACS point to
multiple Repositories by specifying the
paths parameter. Each path will be appended to the
pulp <plugin_name> acs create --name <acs_name> --remote <remote> --path <path> --path <path>
path option is optional and can be specified multiple times. If a path is not provided,
the url of your remote is used to search for content.
To update ACS, use a similar call to your ACS but with
pulp <plugin_name> acs update --name <acs_name> --remote <remote>
To add or remove paths, use the
pulp <plugin_name> acs path add --name <acs_name> --path <path>
pulp <plugin_name> acs path remove --name <acs_name> --path <path>
To make ACS available the next time you sync, you will need to call the
refresh command. It
will go through your paths and catalog content from your content source.
pulp <plugin_name> acs refresh --name <acs_name>