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

Michael Düll akurei at furdev.org
Tue Oct 26 14:05:58 EDT 2010

Am Dienstag 26 Oktober 2010, 16:55:27 schrieb PyroPeter:
> 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

Why not let pacman do the job (similar to how yaourt uses aurvote)?
Let pacman send a "ping" to some server like aurvote does.

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