[Idpy-discuss] Questions about pyFF metadata downloads

Leif Johansson leifj at sunet.se
Fri Sep 13 13:08:30 UTC 2019

On 2019-09-13 11:51, Alex Stuart wrote:
> Hello folks,
> The UK federation team have discovered that a pyFF deployment is making a large number of metadata aggregate downloads from our Metadata Publication Service. In August, made over 3,000 gzipped downloads of our metadata, downloading 36GB of metadata. As we update metdadata once per day, this deployment is clearly downloading excessively.

So its a thumb drive worth of data :-)

> The IP address is somewhere in Google cloud ( and the user agent string is pyFF/1.0.1. Is this anyone's deployment?

I don't think thats anyone I own personally ... but it is a relatively
fresh version of pyFF tho.

> We also recommend that metadata downloaders make use of the conditional GET. Is it possible to configure pyFF to do conditional GET for metadata downloads?

What is a conditional GET?

By default pyFF uses python-requests with the requests-caching on
by default which means that if the endpoint implements normal HTTP
cache controls the pyFF user-agent shouldn't download unless the
cache is expired (which is configurable of course).

	Cheers Leif

> Thanks,
> Alex
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