[arch-dev-public] [objectives] Package triage on current + extra (archstats)

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Mon May 7 14:11:29 EDT 2007

On 5/7/07, Jürgen Hötzel <juergen at hoetzel.info> wrote:
> On Mon, May 07, 2007 at 12:13:16PM -0400, Dan McGee wrote:
> >
> > I've managed to remove about 500 lines of code by moving repetition to
> > functions (still more to be done, but that was 1/6 of the code). I
> > also completely bypassed the MD5sum checking stuff, showing how that
> > is worthless. Simo and I were trying to think of a better way to do
> > client verification (Jürgen, any ideas?), and we came up with nothing.
> >
> There is no solution, if users are anonymous. A simple workaround/hack:
> Prevent connects from the same IP (for a limited time period).
> This could limit the possibility to flood the database with multiple
> machine entries from one user.

I thought about this solution as well, but I realized it does carry
with it a rather large negative. If a user has 4 Arch boxes behind a
router with NAT, and they all run archstats as a cronjob at the same
time, we would be excluding all but 1 of his boxes from updates.

How essential is user anonymity on submission? Would users feel
comfortable registering (which is a hurdle I think we should try to
avoid) if their anonymous state was still preserved in any data
presented to the user?


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