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bug#35551: guix search

From: Bruno Haible
Subject: bug#35551: guix search
Date: Sat, 11 May 2019 00:38:41 +0200
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Mark H Weaver wrote:
> If we add functionality that calls out to the network in response to a
> package search, e.g. to query popularity ratings or package file
> listings, we should make sure the user knows it's happening, and provide
> a way to disable it.  Some users may not want information about their
> package searches to be leaked to the outside world.

Good point.

Would it be more acceptable, upon 'guix search', to download an incremental
update of a package popularity database, and do the search locally? This
way, only the fact that the user has been doing a 'guix search' would be
leaked to the outside world, not the search term.


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