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

elij elij.mx at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 19:30:31 EDT 2009

Well, if people can get memcached installed on the aur box, and it can
be made a requirement for running the aur, then I would have no
problem coding up a new rss class that returned rss2.0 _or_ json,
based on a passed in parameter. This could wholly replace the existing
rss2.php/rss.php mechanism.

I think adding alternate export types (json) to the rss mechanism
makes more sense than adding rss logic to the rpc interface.


(ooh. I am top-posting now.)

On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 4:03 PM, Aaron Griffin <aaronmgriffin at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Oct 8, 2009 at 6:02 PM, elij <elij.mx at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> Yes, exactly... but a "feed" doesn't always have to be RSS :)

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