"Federating" rubygems.org

Evan Phoenix evan at phx.io
Wed Jan 18 16:22:04 EST 2012

See below. 

Evan Phoenix // evan at phx.io

On Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM, Jon wrote:

> > On Jan 18, 2012, at 9:49 AM, Evan Phoenix wrote:
> > > While thinking about the gem size and dependency naming issues last night, I had a thought for a feature. 
> > > 
> > > What if the following were possible:
> > > 
> > > gem push --custom-url http://phx.io/gems/gx-1.0.0.gem gx-1.0.0.gem
> > > 
> > > This would, rather than uploading the gx gem to rubygems.org (http://rubygems.org), it would upload just the spec and set a "url" field that the user has specified. When the gem is requested for download, we'd redirect to that custom url.
> Nice.
> Would the --custom-url impl do a size check and could it easily be hacked to allow pushing whale gems?
The whole point of custom-url is that the gem is not uploaded to rubygems.org, so the size doesn't matter at all. 
> Don't what you're thinking re: implementation, but wondering about this hypothetical:
> 1) create a 1024MB whopper-1.0.0.gem
> 2) fail on `gem push` due to limits and can't figure out how to locally hack RG to allow push

Again, no check here because custom-url makes rubygems.org not care since the gem isn't uploaded. 
> 3) figure how to hack `gem push --custom-url` and push the whopper anyway
> I'm guessing API key revocation could help in this scenario, but I'm curious on how and where size limits would get enforced.
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