[packman] REQ: package RSS feed

Pascal Bleser pascal.bleser at skynet.be
Mon Oct 29 22:21:53 CET 2007

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Quentin Denis wrote:
> Am Montag, 29. Oktober 2007 19:57:50 schrieb Pascal Bleser:
>> Quentin Denis wrote:
>>> Am Mittwoch, 17. Oktober 2007 00:41:20 schrieb Igor Jagec:
>>>> Hi there!
>>>> It would be very nice if you make package RSS feed, something like
>>>> Guru's repo used to have.
>>> +1
>> An RDF feed has always been available, and still is.
>> Problem was just that it was rather well hidden ;)
>> If you go to the Packman site now, your favourite browser will show you
>> that there is an RSS feed available, and you can subscribe to it.
>> The URL is http://packman.links2linux.de/rdf/packman_en.rdf
>> (it lags a little bit behind the Updates page but that's OK)
>> A per-distribution feed would be even more useful.
> No, I think Igor ment to put the package description or changelog into the 
> rss-content. Not just the rss-title with the package name.

I see. Description wouldn't be a problem but the changelog would be very
difficult, as we don't track that in the database as of now.

We'd first have to implement changelog support in the database and
website, and even then, the RPM changelogs wouldn't be sufficient as
they merely track the packaging related modifications (e.g. "new
upstream version", "fixed BuildRequires for openSUSE 10.3") and only
rarely information that is relevant to the end user.

So, unfortunately, I'd say it's not reasonably feasible to show
changelogs in the RSS feed (nor on the website), but package
descriptions wouldn't be much of a problem.

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