[aur-dev] [PATCH 4/4] rpc: allow multiple args on info query

elij elij.mx at gmail.com
Wed Apr 13 20:05:33 EDT 2011

On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 10:15 PM, Dan McGee <dan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> [1] Rough data from April 11, 2011, with a total hit count of 1,109,163:
>     12 /login.php
>     13 /rpc.php?type=sarch
>     15 /rpc.php?type=msearch
>     16 /pingserver.php
>     16 /rpc.php
>     22 /logout.php
>    163 /passreset.php
>    335 /account.php
>    530 /pkgsubmit.php
>    916 /rss2.php
>   3838 /index.php
>   6752 /rss.php
>   9699 /
>  42478 /rpc.php?type=search
>  184737 /packages.php
>  681725 /rpc.php?type=info
> That means a whopping 61.5% of our requests were for info over the RPC
> interface; package pages are a distant second at only 16.7%.

I had a question about this data.
What is the breakdown of those 'info' type queries that are querying
by ID vs by Name.

There was a time (pre-2009) when the search endpoint result set wasn't
quite as complete as the info result set.

I am wondering if the preponderance of info style queries could be
very legacy clients that are first searching, then performing 'by id'
or 'by name' lookups to populate the result set for the end user. The
fact that the search result set is now just as complete as the info
result set, could possibly provide an avenue to help alleviate load if
said clients were identified/fixed/updated.

Additionally, if the 'ID' type queries are a low percentage, it may be
a good idea to just drop that and simply do exact package name
equality comparisons. This would also be more consistent as ID is more
for internal database representation, names are unique, and search
does not allow searching based on partial ID matches (which would be
silly). This would also rule out the need for 'server side ordering'
as you get back a list of packages, from a list of submitted names,
and you can order/sort/identify them client side very easily (no
ambiguity of trying to deal with whether it was an info result based
on a name, or based on an id search term).

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