[pacman-dev] [PATCH] Allow files entries to be read from a sync database

Dan McGee dpmcgee at gmail.com
Tue Jan 18 20:48:27 EST 2011

On Tue, Jan 18, 2011 at 7:41 PM, Allan McRae <allan at archlinux.org> wrote:
> On 19/01/11 10:50, Dan McGee wrote:
>> Nothing will use this yet, but we might as well read the info in while
>> processing the database. The drawback would be vastly increased memory
>> usage, so we might want to add a flag enabling/disabling the loading of
>> this
>> data.
>> This will at least for now be unused by pacman, but a pkgfile.c program at
>> least now has the option of using standard libalpm interfaces to search
>> for
>> file ownership.
>> Signed-off-by: Dan McGee<dan at archlinux.org>
>> ---
>> Thoughts from the peanut gallery?
> Not only will memory usage increase massively, but the read speed of the
> sync databases will also take a decent hit.  I'd very much want to
> reintroduce some lazy loading to the sync database reading just for this,
> especially since that files list would only be needed for a -So operation.

Sure- but I wasn't planning on telling anyone to point pacman at any
databases with files anytime soon. However, thi would be extremely
useful for a libalpm-based pkgfile replacement as I said in the commit
message. Right now, there is no possibility at all of doing that with

I'm also leaning against reintroducing lazy loading, and more toward a
DB-register-time argument that will allow or deny the loading of files
entries from the sync DB handed to the library. This will keep us from
having to add back all the cache BS we worked hard to remove.


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