[aur-general] pkgstats and unused [community] packages

PyroPeter abi1789 at googlemail.com
Tue Oct 26 10:55:27 EDT 2010

On 10/26/2010 05:40 AM, Kaiting Chen wrote:
> Unrelated but thinking ahead, would it be possible to go ahead and get rid
> of /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist and pull from a main
> http://www.archlinux.org/repository? Then have that repository instead
> be a proxy to the actual
> mirrors that round robin's them, possibly with some kind of IP geolocated
> weighting? Then the package downloads can be easily tracked through this
> main proxy.

To actually track the tcp-traffic (indirectly containing the name of
the requested package) archlinux.org would have to _proxy_ the traffic
(_all_ data would go _twice_ through their network infrastructure).
This would make the concept of mirrors useless.

The other possibility would be a round-robin domain name
(like e.g. irc.freenode.net). This way archlinux.org could only
log that a connection was made, but not which packages were requested.
(Additionally all mirrors would have to use the same folder hierarchy)

TL,DR: There is no technical way to monitor all package downloads.

Regards, PyroPeter
freenode/pyropeter                          "12:50 - Ich drücke Return."

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