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Re: GeoIP database redistribution?

From: Marius Bakke
Subject: Re: GeoIP database redistribution?
Date: Tue, 24 Jan 2017 22:54:26 +0100
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Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:

> Pjotr Prins <address@hidden> skribis:
>> On Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 07:17:12PM +0100, Marius Bakke wrote:
>>> ng0 <address@hidden> writes:
>>> > I want to slowly package OONI (
>>> > One of its dependencies, txtorcon, requires python-geoip which
>>> > depends on geoip-c-api. I've got both covered, but both of them
>>> > want (either to download or to be present) for tests (a/the)
>>> > legacy database file of maxmind.
>>> >
>>> > Question 1: Can we distribute the database in a source? I can't
>>> > access the homepage of maxmind for cloudflare reasons.
>>> The database is distributed freely under cc-by-sa4.0:
>>> So packaging it should be fine. :)
>> This actually raises the issue of packaging large data files (we are
>> getting into TB's). Could there be a way Guix fetches external
>> datasets as part of the distribution? I think that if it is not
>> executable code and SHA values/pfff values match it would be safe to
>> do.
> If we do add something this big, we’ll have to make sure it’s not
> substitutable and does not ever land on the build machines.

Just to note, I don't think Pjotr was referring to this particular
package (geolite database). I just checked, and the City DB is 19.8MiB
compressed and 104.1 MiB uncompressed. The Country DB is ~2MiB and the
IPv6 databases are tiny.

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