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bug#35551: guix search

From: znavko
Subject: bug#35551: guix search
Date: Mon, 13 May 2019 15:39:29 +0000

Thank you, Ludovic. It will be nice to have some additional fields computed 
with Internet databases like:

Purpose: editor, viewer, library, development tool
Interface: gui app, console-only, console and gui, system calls

For every tag needs to determine relevance.
For example, package VLC:
Tag->name: video
Tag->relevance: 100
Tag->name: view
Tag->relevance: 90
and other tags
Purpose: viewer
Interface: gui app

This can give additional options for search or just improve sorting when user 
type f.e. ' guix search video viewer'

May 13, 2019 7:58 AM, "Ludovic Courtès" <address@hidden> wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> Mark H Weaver <address@hidden> skribis:
>> Bruno Haible <address@hidden> writes:
>>> 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.
>> Yes, that would address my concerns, although popularity ratings might
>> be compact enough and change slowly enough that it might be sufficient
>> to simply have them embedded in the Guix source code and manually
>> updated periodically.
>> Popularity ratings would also be useful to set build priorities on our
>> build farms.
>> The package file listings, on the other hand, are likely to be so large
>> that it's not practical to download an incremental update of all of
>> them.
> FWIW, I like that there’s a purely off-line mode for ‘guix search’, as
> is currently the case (after all, none of Guix relies on any single
> service so far, and I think that’s a nice property.)
> However, I think it’d be nice to have the option to enhance search
> results by resorting to external services—just like using a substitute
> service “enhances” the user experience.
> I agree that the approach should rather be to download a complete
> database and operate locally on it, rather than give the exact query to
> the server.
> Thanks,
> Ludo’.

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