Ipkg API

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Currently Preware populates it's data by pulling the entire packages index from each feed and doing a slow parsing of the text files. This is, as mentioned, slow, as well as wasteful since the majority of the data in the Packages index is already known (anything that wasn't updated since the last feed update). What is proposed is an API to help deal with these limitations.


There are a few requirements that this API should be able to meet:

  • It must accept and return properly formatted JSON
  • It must be capable of giving only information after a provided time index
  • It must return the time index of when the result set was queried
  • It must allow for arbitrary queries based on any combination of data available
  • It must allow for limiting the amount of data returned (only version numbers, only appid's etc)
  • It must return enough data that every package returned can be uniquely identified (appid, architecture, feed, version)

Prototype description

Here is a demo query requesting the version number and description of armv7 preware newer than 1234567890 seconds since epoch Please note that this would return results that match the appid and arch from any feed


Here is a demo response that would be returned, notice that the Filters are returned as well At a minimum, all package responses will include the appid, feed, arch and download URL (URL encoded) A new serial is returned that corresponds with the time since epoch that this data was pulled

{"Serial":"2244668800","Response":[{"appid":"org.webosinternals.org","feed":"webos-internals","arch":"armv7","ipkurl":"http%3A%2F%2Fipkg.preware.org%2Ffeeds%2Fwebos-internals%2Farmv7%2Forg.webosinternals.preware_1.7.0_arm.ipk","version":"1.7.0","description":"Prewares package description (URL encoded)"},{"appid":"org.webosinternals.org","feed":"webos-internals-testing","arch":"armv7","ipkurl":"http%3A%2F%2Fipkg.preware.org%2Ffeeds%2Fwebos-internals%2Ftesting%2Farmv7%2Forg.webosinternals.preware_1.7.2_arm.ipk","version":"1.7.2","description":"Prewares package description (URL encoded)"}]}

A serial will be required with ALL API requests, if you want a full data set, just use a serial of 0 Failure to include a serial will result in no response from the API server

Using the serials, you can get partial responses for updates, if you already know that your package data for the webos-internals armv7 feed is up-to-date as of serial 55667788 you can query for updates to it


The return would be very similar to the one shown above with the exception that it would have all packages updated after the serial that is provided, limited to packages in the webos-internals armv7 feed... and most importantly... Because you did not provide a Request stating what pieces of data you want, you get everything the API server has about those packages, this is most likely the way that Preware would pull it's updates