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bug#35551: guix search

From: Tobias Geerinckx-Rice
Subject: bug#35551: guix search
Date: Sat, 11 May 2019 01:41:31 +0200

Bruno Haible wrote:
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.

I don't think Mark intended to present it as a good idea at all… ;-)

Popularity is irrelevant to search relevance.

Kind regards,


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