Finding slowdowns in pkg_install (continuations of previous threads)

Tim Kientzle kientzle at
Fri Jul 6 16:45:07 UTC 2007

>    -I tried ... buffering ...  the +CONTENTS file parsing function, and the
> majority of the time it yielded good results ....

One approach I prototyped sometime back was to use
libarchive in pkg_add as follows:
   * Open the archive
   * Read +CONTENTS directly into memory (it's
guaranteed to always be first in the archive)
   * Parse all of +CONTENTS at once
   * Continue scanning the archive, disposing
of each file as it appears in the archive.

Based on my experience with this, I would
suggest you just read all of +CONTENTS
directly into memory at once and parse
the whole thing in a single shot.
fopen(), then fstat() to get the size,
then allocate a buffer and read the whole
thing, then fclose().  You can then
parse it all at once.

As a bonus, your parser then becomes a nice
little bit of reusable code that reads
a block of memory and returns a structure describing
the package metadata.

Tim Kientzle

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