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Re: store reference detection (was Re: JARs and reference scanning)

From: Maxim Cournoyer
Subject: Re: store reference detection (was Re: JARs and reference scanning)
Date: Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:31:36 -0700
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On April 26, 2017 4:53:33 AM PDT, Thomas Danckaert <address@hidden> wrote:
>The code scanning for reference is in nix/libstore/ .  
>It looks for base32 hashes encoded as character strings in the 
>Could/should this be generalized somehow?  Apart from compression, 
>store filenames encoded with 16-bit character encodings also cause 
>problems (can happen with Qt or WxWidgets).  And the are probably 
>more cases where it fails.
>Does it make sense to expand the reference detecting code (perhaps 
>this would lead to too many different special cases?), or maybe 
>provide a mechanism to force references when the daemon cannot detect 
>them.  I suppose you can always add a text file with a list of store 
>items to the output, but maybe there's a more elegant way?

The text file idea with the dependencies that Hartmut proposed seems an elegant 
solution; it would make the reference searching process cheaper and available 
for any kind of format.

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