bin/51148 Slow vipw and fast pwd_mkdb

Doug Barton DougB at
Sun Apr 20 14:20:16 PDT 2003

The following reply was made to PR bin/51148; it has been noted by GNATS.

From: Doug Barton <DougB at>
To: Alex Semenyaka <alexs at>
Cc: freebsd-hackers at, freebsd-stable at,
	freebsd-gnats-submit at
Subject: Re: bin/51148 Slow vipw and fast pwd_mkdb
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2003 14:11:34 -0700 (PDT)

 On Sat, 19 Apr 2003, Alex Semenyaka wrote:
 > Hello,
 > could somebody to comment PR bin/51148? It is suggestion how to pass
 > a value of cache size to pwd_mkdb when we are doing vipw or such.
 > It can give a greate speed-up when master.passwd is really big (and
 > sometimes it is). Appropriate cache size can make process 10 to 100
 > or more times faster. I gave the results of measurements in that
 > problem report.
 Having been in a "mondo huge master.passwd file" situation myself, my
 comment is that people in this situation should probably not be relying on
 tools like vipw to manage their stuff. However, my feelings aren't strong
 enough to prompt me to close your PR, so good luck. :)
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