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AOL Mirror Site Opens

AOL Mirror Site Opens — America Online continues to show that it intends to be a serious member of the Internet community with its latest service, a large FTP mirror site. Most of the other commercial Internet providers have concentrated their efforts on providing Internet services to their customers, thus increasing the load on the Internet without giving anything back. We applaud AOL’s move to give something back to the Internet; the Internet has always operated on a high level of cooperation, and it’s nice to see a commercial service like AOL pitch in.

The AOL FTP mirror site says, "This site is made available for Internet users to access the AOL service remote FTP sites mirror array. America Online users should access these archives through the "FTP" keyword on the service." They also note that if your FTP client uses the "PASV" command for establishing the data connect when getting a file, you risk colliding with their Internet firewall (and hanging the connection).

Current mirrors include:

/pub/cica        winftp.cica.indiana.edu:/pub (Windows files)
/pub/guitar      ftp.nevada.edu:/pub/guitar (guitar info and tablature)
/pub/info-mac    sumex-aim.stanford.edu:/info-mac (Info-Mac Archive)
/pub/mac         mac.archive.umich.edu (Umich Mac Archive)
/pub/rtfm        rtfm.mit.edu:/pub (FAQ files)

ftp://mirrors.aol.com/pub/

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