Proposed F13 feature: drop separate updates repository

Seth Vidal skvidal at
Wed Dec 2 22:58:24 UTC 2009

On Wed, 2 Dec 2009, Peter Jones wrote:

> (on my on tangent...)
> On 12/02/2009 12:48 PM, Jesse Keating wrote:
>> I hypothesize that we could place all rpms for a given release
>> in a single directory (seth will hate this as he wants to split them up
>> based on first letter of their name for better filesystem performance),
> Ugh, first letter isn't really a great plan anyway. First (few) letters
> of a hash of the filename is much better, but obviously hurts browsability.
> Next best is probably something like how a dead-tree dictionary index works;
> list everything, split the list up by starting letters evenly, so the
> directories (given a really unlikely hypothetical package set) are
> 0/	# contains packages named 0 through 3*
> 4/	# 4 through 9*
> a/	# a through ay*
> az/	# az through bw*
> bx/	# bx through cz*
> da/	# da through whatever's next
> ...
> so that every directory has about the same number of things.

If you're looking for perfect division, sure - but the reality is this:

19K items in a single dir and ext3 and nfs and many many other things crap 
themselves returning that list.

If you make 36 subdirs (26+10) performance gets DRAMATICALLY better for 
producing the same list of files.

I tested it on our backend to be sure. getting the complete pkglist goes 
from taking 5 minutes to take 30s.

yes, I said 5 minutes.


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