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Re: [Guix Website] A Search Page for Packages

From: Christopher Baines
Subject: Re: [Guix Website] A Search Page for Packages
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 21:10:59 +0100
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Ludovic Courtès <> writes:

> Heya Danjela,
> Daniela Lura <> skribis:
>> Taking into consideration the suggestion made in this thread:
>>, my
>> mentor, Christopher Baines suggested me to write a script that serves a
>> search page for packages using the search functionality within the Guix
>> Data Service,
>> .
>> The prototype page can be accessed through a test version of the Guix
>> website that Chris deployed:
> Cool!  To be clear, guix-website-test actually makes a search query on a
> Data Service instance, right?  I guess that explains part of the
> slowness, but maybe we could tweak nginx to keep search results in cache
> for a few hours.
> Florian raised an important issue regarding the possibility of denial of
> service.  Ideas on how to mitigate that, either in the Data Service, or
> nginx at

On this point specifically, I've used the rate limiting functionality in
NGinx before, and that's probably a low cost approach to guarding
against this. It's not going to stop a DDOS, but might help avoid lots
of requests from one IP address causing load issues.

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