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metadata explosion was: Re: intent to package mrename

On Thu, 10 Aug 2000, Edward Betts wrote:

> As I see it the answers to the RAM considerations are simple. Massive
> databases have been running on machines for years, they do not have problems
> with memory because they do not load all of the data files needed into RAM.
> Could dpkg be written to only load the needed bits into RAM? I suppose that
> would mean we would have to give up having a text based file to store the
> database in and move to some kind of binary file with indexing.

Indexing and only read what you need do not depend on a binary database.
And I think a ascii-database is just very nice to have. An program is not 
in infailable only because it is debian and text files are so much easier
to edit by humans.

  Bernhard R. Link

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