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Re: [Spacewalk-devel] API date inconsistency : channel.software.listErrata

On 02/14/2012 10:24 AM, Steven Hardy wrote:
Planning to raise a Bz for this issue, but wanted to post it here for
comments first.

So the problem is the channel.software.listErrata calls handle dates
inconsistently, with some using the errata issue date (which is what I
expect unless explicitly mentioned otherwise in the docs), and others
interpreting arguments (and returning dates) based on the last
*modified*  date, which obviously may change so is not a good key for
selecting errata.


<snip from the API docs>
Method: listErrata
List the errata applicable to a channel between startDate and endDate.

       * string sessionKey
       * string channelLabel - channel to query
       * dateTime.iso8601 startDate
       * dateTime.iso8601 endDate

       * array:
               * struct - errata
                       * int "id" - Errata ID.
                       * string "date" - Date erratum was created.
                       * string "advisory_synopsis" - Summary of the
                       * string "advisory_type" - Type label such as
                         Security, Bug Fix
                       * string "advisory_name" - Name such as RHSA, etc

AFAICT this call is broken - it says that the returned "date" field is
the date the erratum was created, but this is a lie - it's really the
date the errata was*last modified*.

I did not tried to reproduce it, but yes I see it in code. True. You find that we are lying, then feel free to fix it :)

Miroslav Suchy
Red Hat Satellite Engineering

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