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      |	     HERE LIES	    |
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      |	     wuarchive      |
      |       lvl 22 	    |
      |	      Mirror	    |
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      |     killed by a     |
      |    World Wide Web   |
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      |	       2010	    |
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WUArchive is now retired as an active mirror.

Once rumoured to be the cause of 10% of the early Internet's traffic, WUArchive was a repository of the popular and the esoteric. Founded with help from the National Science Foundation and the Digital Equipment Corporation, WUArchive shared its files via FTP, Gopher, HTTP, and even NFS. It birthed the infamous wu-ftpd daemon, as well. As late as 1999 it was a Stratum 2 NTP server.

Today, the vast sprawl of public source repositories, freeware/sharewire sites, and valuable community efforts make a true, monolithic Internet Archive a task that seems quixotic. That task is better left to this new Internet of peer-sharing and clouds.

The known history of WUArchive is spotty at best.
In December of 1992, it was a DEC Alpha AXP 3000/400 workstation, with a 64bit 133Mhz 21064 Alpha CPU.
By 1997, it had 65GB of space, and 192MB of RAM.
It was a Sun UltraSparc 2, with dual 200Mhz CPUs, 512MB of RAM, and 180GB of disk in 2001.
It retired as a dual Pentium 4, with 1 GB of RAM and 1.2 TB of disk.

If you have ancient knowledge of WUArchive, please share it, to wuarchive {at} seas.wustl.edu.

A selection of responses so far:

That should read "...shared its files..." It's = it is.

I'll miss you.

The first contact that I had with the Internet was at a University of Arkansas computer lab in 1995 when a friend sat me down at a ncftp prompt with no instruction and no supervision. I flailed around enough to exit out to the shell, then sat until boredom overcame me enough to reenter the ncftp command. This time it suggested a helpful command to enter:

open wuarchive.wustl.edu
...and friends, the world changed after that.

Throughout the rest of the nineties WUArchive was a staple site for me with my interests in Linux, id Software titles and MUD games. Even in recent years I'd still log in occasionally, typically as a simple test for network connectivity. I tried that today, and discovered alas...

Just felt the need to let someone know what a monument WUArchive was to me in my formative years as a computer nerd, and I'm certain that countless others feel the same.


G'day, you wanted to know what WUarchive was like back in the old days. Well, in 1992 I was new to the internet and ftp. I used WUarchive to find MUDs (Multi-User dungeons) and there were a few Diku MUDS on WUarchive including source code that I tried to compile on my Mac. There was mainly IBM stuff on there but also some "Bolo" (game) software for Macs as WU had a following of Bolo players like myself. If I could not find stuff on WUarchive then I would ftp over to sumex-aim AND now wonder if that has gone too. Thanks guys for keeping the flame of WU archive alive.
Dear Keeper of the WUArchive Graveyard,
I am very sorry to see the closure of the very first outpost for software and computer enthusiasts. I have been around that place for decades and I didn't expect it would have been taken down.
Just hit wuarchive.wustl.edu today as I have done numerous times in the past to see that it has been retired.
I've been using wustl on a semi-regular basis since I was a teen back in july 1993, and Aminet moved it's home to wuarchive, where it would remain for a great number of years.
At first from a connection at the University of Reykjavík, but soon enough from my home, using my sturdy Supra 14.4kbaud modem, often having to connect dozens of times due to too many anonymous users being connected to what was a very popular site.
As a long time user of your services I feel it is at least my duty to say, So long, and thanks for all the fish!
In 1995 or so there were some guys messing up in a room full of VT100s and one account to a VAX/VMS machine that at that time was "UTS882" ..
I remember archie servers, anonymous FTP, terminal emulators of PCs and UUENCODE/DECODE and stuff like that.
Today, still hoping one day I’ll find somewhere a working VT-100 ( so far my best a perfectly working VT 220 here ), I fired up a PDP-11 emulator and was running RT-11 for fun ..
Look around things I found a link to "Wuarchive" and "HEY I REMEMEBER THAT NAME !" ..
Aw .. so in 2010 it’s gone ? .. what a pity L
I am not into all that "cloud sharing" ( or should we say P2P or such like that ? ) ..
Well .. I have fond memories of those times anyway.
Just stumbled on your webpage after coming from a bad link at Tom Jennings' site (of Fidonet fame). Was just doing some reminiscing about the old days. I recall first running into something wuarchive related around 1993 or 1994. I always thought you guys had a really strange name and it stuck in my head, but I don't know why I thought that looking back, must have been my age. I know it was very early into my transition period between BBSing and my cool new shell account courtesy of my University. I was elated to finally have real Internet access using my University's modems. I recall BBS'es dying a very quick death after that time, for myself and many others. I was such a nerd I was using Lynx as my primary browser up until almost 1998. I still use it to this day when I'm SSH'ing into one of my boxes from work; Linux is on all my boxes nowadays of course. Those were such great times, thanks for everything you guys did and now the nostalgic memories that will live forever.
I just googled it randomly, and saw the wuarchive memorial page. So sad.
I worked at ECL from 1991 - 1995, and then was one of the administrators at ONC from 1995 - 1996. My NFS mounted connection to wuarchive was over the experimental ATM network, making wuarchive blazing fast for me - faster than a local disk even. I felt like I had instant access to the heart of all knowledge on the internet, and my connection to it was faster than anyone else on earths.
Once when I was working in the machine room I had someone tap on the glass. He was a prospective WashU grad student visiting from somewhere in Europe. And he wanted nothing more than to get his picture taken standing next to wuarchive. He said his friends back home would be so jealous. I of course let him in, and took his picture. He was literally giddy to be so close to wuarchive.
Ah, the memories...
During the '90s wuarchive.wustl.edu was worth a daily visit. Installing my Amiga recently (in 2011) I re-installed one of my beloved FTP clients and the first button links to: wuarchive's Aminet mirror. Sad it's gone. Times are moving fast, maybe too fast :'(
I used a lot of my lifetime looking through wuarchive, it was always worth it!
In 1992, Internet was a new thing in my country, available only at *some* universities. We didn't have any public software repositories, so we depended on foreign sites, and wuarchive.wustl.edu was the most important one we used - we'd say stuff like "The new version of [software] is available at wuarchive." and every one of us would go get it via ftp.
Back in those days, DNS service was really bad and worked less than half of the time, so we actually knew wuarchive's IP address by heart.
I was going over old diskettes, planning for the umpteenth time to finish checking all of them, relocate whatever needs keeping to new media, erase whatever needs sanitization.
When that's done, finally, I would no longer have the immediate need to have a functional 5.25" drive. You see, my still connected 5.25" drive, I found out, was not reading data as well as it used to. It was also no longer capable of any writing, either seeing diskettes as write protected or doing something *funny* that resulted in corrupted floppies. Luckily, I dug out another 5.25" drive that was doing better.
I started going over the old data and hit a random DIZ file. I had a vague recollection of having seen this utility, at the time, on an FTP archive of yore. I wondered, for no reason at all, if it might still be online somewhere, or if the web had any knowledge of it. No, no hits on the web for its name or filename. Maybe I could browse the old archives directly? What were the names... uh... umm... wuarchive! I guess with less distractions on the internet of the time it's more likely to be recallable.
The web did indeed know of wuarchive, but it was too late. One year too late. I was surprised at how long some things lasted on the internet -- old FTP archives, archie, gopher, FidoNet -- but sometimes they do go offline in the end, it seems. So rest in peace, wuarchive. Thanks for all the utilities and patches (and Doom mods). I'm sure you're having fun in the heavenly server. Farewell.