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From Kay Schenk <>
Subject Re: [CODE] update services
Date Fri, 24 Feb 2012 17:40:11 GMT
2012/2/23 J├╝rgen Schmidt <>

> On 2/24/12 1:03 AM, Ariel Constenla-Haile wrote:
>> Hi *,
>> On Thu, Feb 23, 2012 at 03:41:40PM -0800, Kay Schenk wrote:
>>> Now where we have the neon replacement in place we should try to bring up
>>>> a working online update service. I think it would be very useful for our
>>>> upcoming release to promote it to our users. A basic version should be
>>>> enough for now to simply inform our users.
>>>> Any volunteers to drive this forward?
>>>> Juergen
>>> Juergen--
>>> I would not exactly sayy I am volunteering, but I do have some questions
>>> about this. I looked at the spec that was posted on --
>>> Notification_Protocol#Request<>
>>> specifically, the "Update Document and Feeds" portion. Looking at just
>>> the
>>> "simplest possible reply". This, to me, implies that we should have
>>> <inst...>  entries for all conceivable platforms etc.  Does anyone know
>>> how
>>> this "feed" file was generated in the past?
>>> Conceivably we could of course use "cron" and perl to generate the feed
>>> file, and use it as the URL, but where to get the needed info??? I'll see
>>> if I can contact one of the former distribution folks on this. I've spent
>>> some time thinking about it, but that's as far as I got.
>> My guessing is that this was handled by a web service, and the data was
>> dynamically generated upon the http request.
hmmm...OK. I was thinking more of like a nightly update to the XML feed.
Still we need to investigate where the "inputs" (version, distribution
number, languages,etc.) and how to get to them.

> that is what I am assuming as well. But we can start with a static page if
> that is possible.

Based on Ariel's successes, this should be easy enough. we can use Dave's
suggestion, slightly modified, and put the XML feed at --

or something. (I need to see how the server responds to xml files.)

If someone sends me details, I will be happy to put the feed file together
a la Ariel's --


-- or --


Which format will we be using?

> Juergen


"Follow your bliss."
         -- attributed to Joseph Campbell

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