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Re: [Guix Website] A Search Page for Packages

From: Marius Bakke
Subject: Re: [Guix Website] A Search Page for Packages
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 00:04:46 +0200

Christopher Baines <> writes:

> 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.

We also have Varnish, a web caching proxy that excels at tasks like
this, and is used by some CDNs such as Fastly.  I'm happy to help write
a configuration if that is desired.

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