[aur-dev] [PATCH] Add newly submitted packages functionality with json interface

elij elij.mx at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 19:02:22 EDT 2009

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 3:36 PM, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> Flickr actually has two APIs - a feed based one and a REST based
> "ajax" API. Both accept a format=foo parameter and json is allowed for
> both sets.
> * Is the AUR's rss feed generated per request? Or is it a static output file?
> * If it's generated, why not simply use the same "format=" thing here.
> Note that Flickr finds it totally acceptable and ideal to use feeds in
> addition to their API

As I recall, the feed is generated, then saved to a static file. This
static file is then served up php script reads it to stdout if not
expired, until such time as it expires. Then it is generated again.

It appears to work that way as an artifact of the php class/import
that is being used. There appears to be no option (without adding it
yourself) to either use an alternate cache mechanism (memcached) or to
return the feed in alternate formats (other than rss2.0).

This is _mostly_ painting the shed though (or format war, tabs vs
spaces, etc). Yet, for some reason this just doesn't 'smell' right to
me though. I can be a bit conservative at times though.

It just seems to me that, getting a list of the latest updates is ..
wait for ... what feeds are for.

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