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[bug#34060] [PATCH 00/10] Add a cache for package lookups

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: [bug#34060] [PATCH 00/10] Add a cache for package lookups
Date: Sun, 13 Jan 2019 16:45:32 +0100


This patch adjust ‘guix pull’ & co. such that Guix comes with a
cache to speed up package lookups.  The end result is that:

  guix build coreutils

becomes equivalent to:

  guix build -e '(@ (gnu packages base) coreutils)'

That means we have fewer files to open (only the closure of
(gnu packages base) instead of all the (gnu packages …) modules),
and thus less I/O and a smaller memory footprint.  Without cache,
we have:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
$ GUIX_PROFILING=gc time ./pre-inst-env guix build coreutils -nd
Garbage collection statistics:
  heap size:        46.18 MiB
  allocated:        102.57 MiB
  GC times:         14
  time spent in GC: 0.25 seconds (25% of user time)
1.01user 0.06system 0:00.96elapsed 112%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 
0inputs+0outputs (0major+14602minor)pagefaults 0swaps
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

With the cache, we get:

--8<---------------cut here---------------start------------->8---
$ GUIX_PROFILING=gc time ./foo/bin/guix build coreutils -nd
Garbage collection statistics:
  heap size:        36.52 MiB
  allocated:        87.30 MiB
  GC times:         14
  time spent in GC: 0.24 seconds (27% of user time)
0.89user 0.06system 0:00.84elapsed 112%CPU (0avgtext+0avgdata 
0inputs+0outputs (0major+11423minor)pagefaults 0swaps
--8<---------------cut here---------------end--------------->8---

As a bonus, we take advantage of the cache to speed up ‘guix
package -A’ (which now runs in ~0.5s instead of ~1.7s) and
‘guix edit’.

The cache is populated by packages of all the channels specified
during ‘guix pull’.

The cache is *not* used at all when GUIX_PACKAGE_PATH is set or
a ‘-L’ flag is passed, or ./pre-inst-env is used.

Feedback welcome!


Ludovic Courtès (10):
  profiling: Add a "gc" profiling component.
  guix package: Avoid 'find-newest-available-packages'.
  packages: Remove 'find-newest-available-packages'.
  inferior: Add 'gexp->derivation-in-inferior'.
  discovery: Add 'fold-module-public-variables*'.
  pull: Build profile with 'channel-instances->derivation'.
  channels: Compute a package cache and use it.
  edit: Use 'specification->location' to read information from the
  guix package: '--list-available' can use data from the cache.
  status: Distinguish 'package-cache' profile hook.

 gnu/packages.scm         | 253 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
 guix/channels.scm        |  32 ++++-
 guix/discovery.scm       |  28 ++++-
 guix/inferior.scm        |  26 ++++
 guix/profiling.scm       |  25 +++-
 guix/scripts/edit.scm    |  29 ++---
 guix/scripts/package.scm | 137 +++++++++++----------
 guix/scripts/pull.scm    |   4 +-
 guix/status.scm          |   2 +
 tests/packages.scm       |  77 ++++++++++--
 10 files changed, 491 insertions(+), 122 deletions(-)


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