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Re: dpkg speed (was: Re: PROPOSAL: Extrafiles)

On 4 Jun 1998, Adam P. Harris wrote:

> I know Marco Budde, the maintainer of of dhelp, has already
> implemented something that's really close.  Marco, wanna step up to
> the plate and develop a generic solution that could work for dpkg on
> the *.list files and for doc-base?  I.e., given a parsing system to
> parse the files (hopefully pluggable), it should construct an indexed
> fast lookup database.

Some time ago I posted some off the cuff estimates to the deity list on
what an optimum storage format for the *.list data would look like.. Based
on that I don't think a generic solution will give decent performance - ie
you might find that load times go down but that unpack times go up.


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