[Rpm-maint] Fingerprinting skipDir() brokenness ponderings

Panu Matilainen pmatilai at redhat.com
Thu Jun 14 09:35:20 UTC 2007

On Wed, 13 Jun 2007, Bill Nottingham wrote:

> Panu Matilainen (pmatilai at redhat.com) said:
>> 1) Remove the "temporary" skipDir() hack dating back to 2002 completely.
>> + Is really the responsible and right thing to do.
>> + Fixes the shared files problems.
>> - Memory consumption goes sky-high and performance degrades badly. This
>>   might not be that much of a problem in most modern systems but for eg
>>   OLPC is likely to be a showstopper.
> I'd argue that this is the simplest solution. Where the memory and CPU
> usage skyrockets is with large number of kernel-devel packages,
> and all the Red Hat/Fedora systems limit this already with things like
> installonlyn. Then, in a later release, fix fingerprinting the right way.

It's certainly by far the simplest solution, and also the only 100% 
correct one. Whether the consequences are acceptable in real world usage 
is another question - maybe we should put it into Fedora rawhide for a 
test-drive and see if it explodes :)

 	- Panu -

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