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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Re: File naming conventions

From: Matthew Dempsky
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] Re: Re: File naming conventions
Date: Tue, 19 Oct 2004 00:26:23 -0500
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Dustin Sallings <address@hidden> writes:

>       The problem, though, is that this seems to work against the
> UNIX philosophy.  Why should tla re-implement find?

Because inventory is a critical performance bottle neck of arch.
Inventory was the first part of arch to be rewritten in C because of
exactly that.  Previously it had been a huge find script.

> IMO, it'd be much
> better off re-implementing diff, patch, and tar first to reduce the
> number of external dependencies (as I haven't used tla on a system yet
> that didn't require me to install gnu or at least newer versions of
> these tools).

What does re-implementing those utilities buy us?  If building those
packages is so difficult on your system, perhaps you should either go
bug their respective maintainers or get an easier to manage system.

> Perhaps it'd make more sense to make a find that gets
> along with tla better?

Sure.  Or make inventory usable on its own.

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