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Re: PostgreSQL passes MySQL for Freshmeat Downloads

From: "Jonathan Fuerth" <fuerth(at)sqlpower(dot)ca>
To: "Dave Page" <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org>
Cc: "Magnus Hagander" <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net>, "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, "Josh Berkus" <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-advocacy <pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org>, "Gavin M(dot) Roy" <gmr(at)myyearbook(dot)com>, "Alvaro Herrera" <alvherre(at)commandprompt(dot)com>, "Bruce Momjian" <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
Subject: Re: PostgreSQL passes MySQL for Freshmeat Downloads
Date: 2008-06-14 16:16:44
Message-ID: d359a6a50806140916x331b3318mb1dd83eac356b5ee@mail.gmail.com (view raw or flat)
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On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 9:22 AM, Dave Page <dpage(at)pgadmin(dot)org> wrote:
> On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 1:25 PM, Jonathan Fuerth <fuerth(at)sqlpower(dot)ca> wrote:
>> On Sat, Jun 14, 2008 at 2:25 AM, Magnus Hagander <magnus(at)hagander(dot)net> wrote:
>>>
>>> What would be cool is if it could track the version RSS feed from
>>> www.postgresql.org to figure out when it needs to go out and check the
>>> others...
>>>
>>
>> Well, which one is most likely to be correct? If the RSS feed needs to
>> be updated manually after the new release is added to the FTP site,
>> maybe it would make more sense to add the RSS to the list of "pages"
>> to verify for up-to-dateness. The primary source of information should
>> be correct by default (which is why I'm looking at FTP directory
>> names--assuming the release exists iff you can download the source
>> code).
>
> The RSS feed is the definitive source. We preload binaries and source
> tarballs onto the ftp site a few days before the release, so we don't
> want your script bugging us prior to the actual launch otherwise it'll
> end up getting forgotten. The data source for the RSS feed is one of
> the things that gets updated *at* release time.

Thanks for the clarification, Dave! I will poll the RSS feed instead
of the FTP directory listing. I'm going to assume every title in the
feed is a release number. This is true now; is it a safe assumption in
the medium-to-long run?

> Oh, and I would suggest running it daily. If the folks updating the
> sites cannot handle same-day updates, or on the odd occasion ignoring
> a couple of emails until they can do the update, then they're probably
> not the most appropriate people for handling this kind of task anyway.

I tend to agree with you there. Once all the secondary sources are
up-to-date, it's only going to start nagging again when a new release
comes out. Better to get the reminder starting the next day rather
than at the end of the week or month.

-Jonathan

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