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Re: Lightning talk at IPFS camp

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: Re: Lightning talk at IPFS camp
Date: Mon, 01 Jul 2019 12:16:08 +0200
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Pierre Neidhardt <address@hidden> skribis:

> All good, I had a look at the discussion and I'll study the patch a bit
> more.
> Today I learnt that Nix also had tried the same thing some 2 years
> back.  And they ran into scalability issues.  Maybe we should ask the
> Nix folks.  Does anyone know more details about this?

I remember discussing it with lewo of NixOS at the R-B Summit.  My
recollection is that the prototype that had been developed was using
IPFS in a brute-force fashion, something like directly storing nars and
narinfos, as opposed to storing individual files from the store using
“UnixFS” & co.  I can no longer find the code that we looked at though,
that was somewhere on GitHub.

Note also that inserting files in IPFS takes quite a bit of CPU time and
memory, so that also could take ‘guix publish’ busy.


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