Search returns total different than actual number of snaps

Bug #1888664 reported by Toto Bille
This bug affects 2 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Snap Store Server

Bug Description

Reported here:

It seems that when searching for zsh the result gives 3 snaps but the total calculated of snaps is 4.

To reproduce:

curl -H 'X-Ubuntu-Store: ubuntu' "" | jq`
  "total": 4,
  "_embedded": {
    "clickindex:package": [{...},{...},{...}]

Daniel Manrique (roadmr)
Changed in snapstore-server:
status: New → Confirmed
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Daniel Manrique (roadmr) wrote :

There's a "ghost snap" in the results for zsh, namely 'zsh-shell', this is a snap that had releases at some point but now has all its channels closed.

The list of 3 snaps is therefore accurate, those are the three that do have published releases. There might be a quirk in the logic to calculate the "total" value, because that is done on the list of snaps whose information did match the search criteria. So:

1- search for snaps matching "zsh" in the snap index, this returns 4 results.
2- When building the list of details for snaps, actually look at which ones have released revisions, and only 3 of the originally-found 4 do.
3- Calculate "total" based on the 4 results from #1, not the 3 from the properly-filtered list fom #2.

This probably needs fixing store-side, but note also that the "search" api is deprecated and you should be using the newer "find" api instead (

Changed in snapstore-server:
importance: Undecided → Low
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William Grant (wgrant) wrote :

It's normal for searches to return approximate numbers. Consider, for example, what happens if a snaps leaves or enters the result set during navigation. I don't consider this to be a bug.

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