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[bug#39258] [PATCH v3 1/3] guix: Generate package metadata cache.

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: [bug#39258] [PATCH v3 1/3] guix: Generate package metadata cache.
Date: Sun, 26 Apr 2020 17:33:37 +0200
User-agent: Gnus/5.13 (Gnus v5.13) Emacs/26.3 (gnu/linux)


Pierre Neidhardt <address@hidden> skribis:

> Ludovic Courtès <address@hidden> writes:
>> It’s complicated.  As it stands, I’d rather not add overhead to ‘guix
>> pull’, especially since current ‘guix search’ on my SSD is fast enough
>> and can hardly be made any faster.
> The question is, what is fast enough?  I have an NVMe here that has a
> throughput of some 2GB/s, and yet
> time guix search emacs > /dev/null
> real    0m1.545s
> user    0m1.938s
> sys     0m0.080s

That accounts for the time to render 864 entries:

  $ guix search emacs| grep ^name| wc -l

Compare with:

  $ time guix search emacs | head -100 > /dev/null

  real    0m0.674s
  user    0m0.802s
  sys     0m0.048s

Again, this is not to say it cannot be improved, but it’s quite a
challenge to do better on such hardware.

Though as discussed with Arun, there may be low-hanging optimization
fruits in Texinfo parsing and rendering.  I guess we need to go ahead
fire up statprof now.  :-)


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