The Halo Maps Archive is rather definitive so far. I don't see it being replaced with something else definitive; but anyway, if there is something in the works -- I have my own plans that might be realized this year -- I would be happy to host files as a download location or mirror, for bandwidth or disk space or network speed reasons. There are web services by Amazon and Google that provide probably plenty of disk space. I mean, Dennis could use those free hosting providers as download mirrors. I do not know what people are willing and able to do, if anything, to get the ball rolling again on public contribution submissions.
If anyone wanted to batch download the files from my mirror and add them to a replacement
for the Halo Maps Archive, that would be fine with me and they would want to also know that there are several duplicates in the Halo Maps Archive:
File name (normalized in my archives directory), file size (bytes), Halo Maps file page
halo_3_weapons_and_hud.zip 20885424 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=5777
halo_3_weapons_and_hud_tags.zip 20885424 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=6131
halo_ce_devmode_for_v1_09.zip 7605 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=5073
devmode.zip 7605 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=4995
harvest_police_warthog_tags_v2.zip 3544467 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=6644
police_warthog_tags_v2.zip 3544467 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=6649
recon_armor_textured.zip 398057 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=5009
recon_armor_textured_model.zip 398057 http://hce.halomaps.org/index.cfm?fid=5921
Also, I use Let's Encrypt for https protocol. Halo Maps does not (yet) use https.
I have 6557 (all) of the downloads from the Halo Maps Archive accessible here:https://halo.galaxyverge.com/files/archives/
I downloaded them one-by-one and then used zip and zipinfo to remove the Halo Maps and Gearbox read me files. I also converted the filenames into lowercase to correct alphabetizing. I also converted any non-zip files such as .rar to .zip and converted spaces to underscores. You may use this as a download mirror to help with bandwidth use; I have no substantial limitation of bandwidth on the server, and people are free to download the entire directory in bulk using a tool such as wget if they like.
To use this URL as a mirror, simply convert the file name (without extension) to lowercase, replace spaces with underscores, append the .zip extension, and append this converted file name to the archives directory URL.
Your collection is listed as 6556 files, and I have yet to successfully find the stray extra file that is included.
The archives directory contains archives of other web sites that have Halo files. I also do a download mirror for HaloMD for Mac, which nil developed and maintained. nil gave me a Ruby script to run as cron to mirror the HaloMD files like builds, patches, plug-ins, and map mods. This archives directory has 466.1 GB of files and 146.9 GB of Halo Maps archive files.
My dedicated server is pretty fast and is based in Salt Lake City, Utah. I hope what I did is useful to you and UXB Internet.
So Dennis, we look forward to hearing and seeing what plans you have for continuing Halo Maps. Thank you for your work so far. Edited by sparky on Apr 17, 2017 at 09:10 PM