As of Nexus version 2.10.0, the "Download NuGet Feed" scheduled task is no longer needed for NuGet proxy repositories. Newer versions of Nexus dynamically delegate incoming queries to remote repositories and cache the results. Consequentially Sonatype stopped adding the "Download NuGet Feed" task to Nexus configurations in version 2.10.0, and the 2.10.0 release notes recommend removing this task from Nexus installations.
Unfortunately we still often see customer configurations that have this task running.
The negatives associated with this task for both end users and the NuGet ecosystem are significant:
- It puts a high load on the main NuGet repository at https://www.nuget.org/api/v2/
- Over time it causes size of the NuGet h2 database in Nexus instances to grow so large that queries become very slow
Sonatype strongly recommends that Nexus users who make use of NuGet repositories take the following actions:
- Upgrade to the latest version of Nexus if you are running a version of Nexus prior to 2.10.0
- Remove or disable any "Download NuGet Feed" tasks currently configured under "Administration/Scheduled Tasks" in the Nexus UI
If you have been running this scheduled task on a regular basis you should also follow the instructions in this article: Solving NuGet Query Performance Problems
Sonatype will be deprecating and disabling this task in the upcoming Nexus 2.11.3 release.