[Haskell-cafe] Downloading Haskell repos from GitHub

Gwern Branwen gwern0 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 30 12:02:31 EDT 2010

On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM, Jesper Louis Andersen
<jesper.louis.andersen at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Apr 30, 2010 at 5:38 PM, Gwern Branwen <gwern0 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Nothing in http://develop.github.com/ seems especially useful for
>> grabbing the git:// URLs of all repos by language - just by user.
>> The only real list of repos by language seems to be gotten at via
>> http://github.com/languages/Haskell/updated or
>> http://github.com/languages/Haskell/created . (You might think
>> http://github.com/languages/Haskell would be good, but no, it's just a
>> few random repos by interest and not a full listing.)
> Github has a REST API for accessing data. Unfortunately it can't give
> you the wanted
> breakdown, but I would ask them for it. It is much simpler for you,

You mean ask for a new feature? (Just a one-time list is no good since
I intend to repeat it regularly to pick up new repos, just like with

> and it does not put an extra strain on their servers due to the
> scraping.

Well, it'd only be about 2000 HTTP hits. (98 + (20 * 98)). The
downloading of the repos would probably reduce that demand to
insignificance, especially the first time around when most of the
repos would need to be downloaded.

> Usually, the github guys are helpful when you have a
> question.

Any suggested method besides the obvious http://github.com/contact ?


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