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Re: debmake & dpkg

On Wed, 22 Jan 1997, Ian Jackson wrote:
> > - Get rid of all the single files in /var/lib/dpkg/info and use
> >   a database instead to provide faster operation (RPM is much faster
> >   than dpkg!). Set up a library interface to access the datastructures
> >   which would be a superset of the rpm library so that rpm tools could
> >   use the dpkg library (We are hijacking their tools with this move!)
> >   rpm could run with the dpkg library and install rpm packages without
> >   conversion ....
> This is a very bad idea.  dpkg's databases are carefully designed to
> avoid bad lossage in case of disk overflow, bad sectors, &c, and to be
> manually fixable when required.  Typical database solutions do not
> have these important properties.

Would it be possible to have the best of both worlds.  What I mean is 
that you have the text based database as a backup, but it is somehow 
compiled into a binary form for faster access.


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