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Re: The Nixpkgs Monitor

From: Andreas Enge
Subject: Re: The Nixpkgs Monitor
Date: Thu, 23 Jan 2014 20:54:49 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)

On Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 04:35:14PM +0100, Ludovic Courtès wrote:
> And what do we do for URIs in http:// or mirror://?

What is the particular problem? For ffmpeg, for instance, the uri reads
      (uri (string-append "";
                           version ".tar.bz2"))
which gets expanded into "";.

One could try the following:
- Remove potentially trailing ".bz2" (to remove digits).
- Look for a regular expression "([:digits:].)*["digits:]".
  If there is only one, this is likely to be the version; try "++" everywhere
  (in a way that would give "2.1.2", "2.2.0", "3.0.0" in our case, and maybe
  the same ones without the trailing ".0"); replace them in the string and
  check whether they exist.

If the regular expression is found more than once, there is a good chance
that the previous occurrence is the version once again, or a truncation of it,
as in

There is no need to obtain the full list of files in a directory if one can
reasonably guess the paths for the next release (and if one does not guess
correctly, then the update fails, but not worse than now (assuming that the
download server returns a meaningful response when trying to access a non-
existing file, instead of an html page printing "404"...)).


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