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Re: "dselect" replacement team

Tony Finch <fanf@lspace.org> writes:

> The main problem with dpkg at the moment is that the database is split
> over a large number of files -- there is one file for each installed
> package that lists the files that that package contains. Since there
> may be hundreds of installed packages, this is a lot of slow directory
> lookups to do. I think this is more important than the size of any
> text file.

Are directory lookups really that slow?  I'd be surprised if they were
a significant fraction of the total computation time.


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