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Re: Slow package database

On Fri, Mar 30, 2007 at 03:39:29PM +0200, Christoph Haas wrote:
> Dear list...
> what has always annoyed me is now ready to be asked on this list. :)
> It appears like apt-get/aptitude/dpkg dealing with the list/database of 
> installed packages is terribly slow at times. I have roughly 1800 packages 
> installed and it sometimes takes 20-30 seconds to install a single 
> package. On a freshly installed system that's just a matter of seconds. 
> Since this is one of my two development workstations I uninstall and 
> install a lot of packages and dist-upgrade to unstable/experimental daily. 
> So the package database is in permanent flux. What might be the cause? Is 
> there some fragmentation effect? This is a common effect on a few Debian 
> systems here so I assume I'm not alone with it. Has anyone else observed 
> that? Is there a way to optimize it?
Interesting.  I have ~1600 packages installed on my development machine
and I do not experience the slowness you talk about.  It was installed
about 3.5 years ago.

How much RAM/CPU does the machine have?  How fast are the disks?



Roberto C. Sánchez

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