On Wed, 4 Apr 2001, Chip Salzenberg wrote:
> According to Deven T. Corzine:
> > On Sun, 1 Apr 2001, Chip Salzenberg wrote:
> > > 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?
> I think so. I like having all my normal tools (find, grep, etc.) work,
> without a lot of translation rigamarole.
I understand that, and there's certainly something to be said for it. At
the same time, if you're needing to fall back on general-purpose tools like
that, does that suggest that the application-specific tools are lacking?
Text-based formats definitely have a convenience factor and a transparency
that's nice, but you're also taking a performance/efficiency hit, to some
degree or another. Is it possible to have your cake and eat it too?
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