[pacman-dev] Binary Database

Dario Freddi drf54321 at yahoo.it
Sun Mar 9 16:50:42 EDT 2008

Hi everyone,

I am writing this mail for a variety of reasons. First of all, some 
discussion in the forums, and then, because it's something that I've 
been thinking about for a long time.
There have been many requests, AFAIK, for bringing pacman a binary 
database. Currently I'm writing a libalpm frontend, with some other guys 
(works in progress are @ KDEMod Forums), and we would really like to 
bring some improvements to Alpm, starting from its database.

Every time this question arises (by doing a search through the forums), 
the answer is always "show us some code first". Well, nothing wrong with 
that, and unfortunately I have nothing to show now, but for a simple 
reason. Maybe I did not search well, but I still haven't found an answer 
to the following question: "Are pacman/alpm devs interested in having a 
binary database instead of the text based one?".

If there is no interest, it would be useless to start coding. So I'd 
like to hear some voices/opinions. Then I will be more than happy to 
show some code.


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