Counting since 9.11.2005
Copyright © 1996-2007 by Prof. Timo Salmi
Last modified Fri 2-Mar-2007 18:54:17
Why hasn't my old program been removed from Garbo like I asked?
Every now and then an author asks for the removal of his/her program
from Garbo archives. The usual reason is that the program version
has become obsolete. Another reason is that the author has run into
copyright problems and is compelled to discontinue his/her program.
A third frequent reason is that the author has decided to move on
and abandon his/her programs.
We try to honor the authors' wishes, resources allowing. However,
please first carefully consider whether asking to remove a program
from circulation is really that important, and even how realistic a
withdrawal can actually be:
If the author still wishes the program to be deleted from Garbo,
there can be several, potential reasons, why the request has not
(yet) been honored:
- Withdrawing a well-established program from general circulation
is next to impossible. A deletion from Garbo archives would only be
the tip of an iceberg, considering how extensive the Internet
repositories are worldwide.
- One way of looking at Garbo archives is looking at it as if it
were a CD-ROM. A CD-ROM will stay in circulation even if one or more
of the files on it happen to have become obsolete. There is nothing
extraordinary in such situations.
- Nobody has had the time to do it. See the other
Garbo FAQ items for information on Garbo's
personnel resource situation.
- The authenticity of the request is not evident. Email identities
are notoriously easy to forge.
- There is so much spam in circulation that strong email filtering
is applied both at the university and personal levels. Your email
may have been mistakenly filtered.
- The program has been removed, but the author is looking at an
old file list. (E.g. browsers may first need the caches to be
- The program has been removed from Garbo, but the author is
looking at one (some) of Garbo's mirrors. Contact the maintainer(s)
of the mirroring site(s). While mirroring requires our university's
explicit permission, we accept
no responsibility for the
actions of the mirroring sites. To repeat, such cases should be taken
up directly with the mirroring sites, not Garbo maintainers.