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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: [RT] rethinking the cache storage system
Date Mon, 23 Feb 2004 18:43:39 GMT

On Feb 23, 2004, at 11:27, Bertrand Delacretaz wrote:

> Le Lundi, 23 fév 2004, à 17:20 Europe/Zurich, Scott Robert Ladd a 
> écrit :
>> ...When I've written cache system, I've always used the file system 
>> directly. The only catch is that some operating systems limit the 
>> number of files on disk or in a directory; a very active server could 
>> hit those limits using individual files....
> And on certain filesystems, lookups from filenames to files can be 
> slow if there are many files in the same directory.

That's why you do stuff like


and so on, so instead of accessing a file from


you go


and that is log(n) FS operations with the number of files.

> If we go for direct filesystem storage (which I think should be 
> perfectly ok to implement a Store), I think we need a clever mapping 
> scheme to avoid having more than N files in the same directory.

Not that clever: have, say, configurable n levels of folders, m folders 
per level, 100 files per folder: m^n*100 files. and 10000 files is 
pretty good considering that we should be caching only internal 
pipelines artifacts and not the results.


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