[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Database with index??

Nathan Jones nathanj at insightbb.com
Sat Dec 8 21:36:54 EST 2007

On Sat, Dec 08, 2007 at 11:21:40PM +0100, JJDaNiMoTh wrote:
> Hello to all.
> After 2 weeks of intensive work (:P) I'm glad to post the first
> proof-of-concept code about using index in our life.

A few suggestions:

1. Make sure to test with packages that contain hyphens, like
   'gcc-libs'. Your regular expression does not work well with those

2. Store the actual byte offsets in the index file rather than (or in
   addition to) the line numbers. It is easier to seek to a position
   than a line number; see the man page for fseek.

3. You call writeIndexEntry() n times (n = # of pkgs), and each call
   reads in the entire huge database file. Change it so that it is only
   read once. Once you do this, you should find that the tot_lines being
   passed to the script is unnecessary. Pseudocode:

   count = 0
   pkg = None

   for i in txtdb.readlines():
     if pkg is None:
	   (pkg, ver) = parse_pkg()
	   count = 0
	   count += 1
	   if i == "@@ENDS\n":
		 pkg = None


I am interested in seeing what the performance differences would be
between this, the current backend, and a tar backend (FS#8586), so keep
it up and good luck.

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