Https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/ is down and has been for a while

Hi there,

Not sure if this is the right topic but I’ve tried my best.

https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/ has been down for quite a long time now, as far as I can tell. I don’t use it super regularly, but the last several times I’ve tried to use it over the last few months it’s always been down.

Has it been decommissioned or moved? This is a very useful service so it’d be good to know what’s happened to it.

Hamish

Hi @bcotton or @siddharthvipul, do either of you have an “official” statement on the Packages web app?

The Packages app is retired: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Infrastructure/2020-post-datacenter-move-known-issues#Applications_not_moved

There was a thread on the infra mailing list a couple of months ago about potential replacements. I don’t recall seeing anything more recently than that.

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Ah, shame. Is there another site/app where you can easily find source packages and patches for packages in Fedora?

The dist-git repos at src.fedoraproject.org is the authoritative source for package source code. You can get Fedora’s patches directly from the appropriate repo and the find pointers to the upstream tarballs.

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Ahh, was still looking at the old links again and was annoyed by how long your server move should take, given it still returned an error.

So if http://src.fedoraproject.org/ is the thing to use now (and it looks reasonable – I still cannot say I do not miss the old application, but it’s okay), is there any change you could place a redirect or at least a little more useful error message on https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/?

I just had to search this forum to find out what the new version is, respectively that there even is a new website.

Was there any documentation or web pages in the Fedora Project that directed you to the old website? We should make an issue to fix that, if so.

I also found myself at that page a few times, but I can’t recall how; I did find out about src.fedoraproject.org quite easily, though, but I also can’t recall how.

My bookmarks and that I did not knew about the new site.
Actually there was also no announcement of the new page.

The biggest problem and easiest solution would be that https://apps.fedoraproject.org/packages/ does not show a link/redirects to the new site. Then it is not as bad if you still find an old link. (and people know they can report this as an outdated link or so)

Agreed. Bookmarks here too.

I couldn’t find out, hence the topic. This may be because I package my programs for Fedora, but I’m not a Fedora developer myself, so I’m probably not as aware of some of these changes as others.

Specifically the part that confused me was the

The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.

Which made me come back later several times and do searches and eventually start this thread when I didn’t find anything.

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