[Rpm-metadata] Proposal: using a DBMS for package metadata

Jos Vos jos at xos.nl
Fri Oct 1 21:13:36 EDT 2004

On Fri, Oct 01, 2004 at 05:49:09PM +0200, Luca Barbieri wrote:

> After reading about the new repomd format, I thought about another
> possible solution to the metadata storage and retrieval problem, that
> may be worth considering and that apparently hasn't been discussed.
> The solution consists of putting the repository metadata in a DBMS (such
> as MySQL, PostgreSQL or Firebird), on the main repository server, on
> mirrors and on clients using the same database format.

I think it is a bad idea, I can't say anything more positive ;-).

Furthermore, I think already too much simple things are stored in a
RDBMS database in this world, and in this case there are several
additional disadvantages, such as that repositories can't be easily
mirrored and accessed with basic data transfer protocols (http/ftp/rsync)
and that mirror sites' CPU cycles are used and that these sites should
be forced to run/maintain a RDBMS.

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