On Sun, 1 Apr 2001, Chip Salzenberg wrote:
> According to Eric S. Raymond:
> > What little you gain [from db] in performance you will lose in
> > multiplied difficulties and schedule slips because corruption will
> > be so much harder to detect and recover from.
> Now that you put it that way, I have to agree. Compare rpm's binary
> database with Debian's nice, readable directory tree + text database.
> Debian wins, hands down, in quality of implementation.
> OK, I'm going to fix the db problem by eliminating db. :-)
If the idea is to have a text-based format that's more transparent so that
one can identify corruption visually, wouldn't it work as well to have
mechanisms to dump the DB database into one or more such formats? I see
the value in having a readable format, but is it necessarily preferable as
the native format?
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