[aur-dev] pkgbase queries via RPC interface

Colin Woodbury colingw at gmail.com
Mon Aug 18 13:50:55 EDT 2014

(Aura author here) I personally use real-time results to confirm uploads
all the time. I wouldn't be in favour of a DB replacing the RPC.

That said, every once and a while I have feature requests from users along
the lines of "Well if you had a local AUR db then feature X would be

On 16 August 2014 11:24, Xyne <xyne at archlinux.ca> wrote:

> On 2014-08-16 16:52 +0200
> Lukas Fleischer wrote:
> >I'd rather not overcomplicate things. Having a "by" parameter, the
> >possibility to pass one or multiple (fixed) strings and an option to
> >enable exact matching is what I was thinking of. I do not think that
> >combining search types gives a substantial benefit.
> >
> >If we really need to support very powerful queries, it might be better
> >to reconsider another idea I had earlier: Replace the RPC interface with
> >a static database. Basically, the result of an RPC query that matches
> >every single package is computed every hour (or so) and stored in a flat
> >file which can be downloaded, similar to pacman databases. AUR helpers
> >can download that file and do whatever they want. Note that this file
> >will probably be quite large, though (roughly 5-10MiB when compressed,
> >did not check with the latest set of packages). I am not sure whether
> >this is the best thing to do, since, unlike in the case of the official
> >repositories, users are usually only interested in a tiny amount of AUR
> >packages.
> The advantage of real-time results is that they can be used to confirm
> uploads
> and other operations. Making a compressed database available may be useful
> in
> its own right but I would not want to see it replace the current system.
> Given that the current search already searches by both name and
> description,
> would a single "by" parameter be able to at least accept a
> character-delimited
> list to search multiple fields (e.g. pkgname:pkgbase:pkgdesc)? If not, what
> about accepting multiple "by"s for a combined OR search?

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