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Re: Package for data serialization?

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: Package for data serialization?
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 21:48:50 +0300

> From:
> Date: 13 Jun 2006 11:38:12 -0700
> Eli Zaretskii wrote:
> >
> > Do you actually have a real-life case where the speed and size of the
> > text representation is an issue?  If so, please describe the details.
> Actually, I only assumed (a bit hastily maybe) that a binary
> interpretation can be read significantly faster and that's why I asked
> for it.

I think you will find that this assumption is false, except in _very_
rare and marginal cases (like humongously long data structures).

For example, one of the Emacs features writes to a file the last place
in each visited file as a Lisp data structure.  On my machine, this
file is 31KB large, but Emacs still starts in a snap, even though it
reads this file at startup.

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