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Re: Slow package database

Loïc Minier wrote:
>  I think dpkg spends a lot of time reading all /var/lib/dpkg/info/*.list
>  files.  These are not big and this is typically in cache between dpkg
>  runs, and I think this is the reason that cold dpkg runs are very very
>  slow.

It can also lead to a kind of "fragmentation", since during an initial
install these files tend to be fairly close together on disk while over
time new files will be scattered about and more seeking needed to read
them all.

see shy jo

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