Re: ITP: auto-apt (automatic apt-get)
Joey Hess wrote:
> What I think you should do is talk to Jason Gunthorpe. I think Jason has been
> working on Contents file stuff for apt already, and has some stuff that
> can build a binary db in a few seconds (or at least in minute -- not half
> an hour). Clearly, if apt has support for loading contents files or some
> equivilant structure, it will be useful for auto-apt and lots of other things
> too. I think Jason had some ideas about effecient ways to pack Contents data
> into a db file.
+ The GenContents class is a back end for an archive contents generator.
+ It takes a list of per-deb file name and merges it into a memory
+ database of all previos output. This database is stored as a set
+ of binary trees linked across directories to form a tree of all files+dirs
+ given to it. The tree will also be sorted as it is built up thus
+ removing the massive sort time overhead.
+ By breaking all the pathnames into components and storing them
+ seperately a space savings is realized by not duplicating the string
+ over and over again. Ultimately this saving is sacrificed to storage of
+ the tree structure itself but the tree structure yeilds a speed gain
+ in the sorting and processing. Ultimately it takes about 5 seconds to
+ do 141000 nodes and about 5 meg of ram.
+ The tree looks something like:
+ / \ / libslang
+ bin/ lib/ --> libc6
+ / \ \ libfoo
+ games/ sbin/
+ The ---> is the DirDown link
see shy jo