bsddb bloat in shelve?
janssen at parc.xerox.com
Wed Jun 23 04:52:48 CEST 1999
I've been using shelve (apparently with bsddb, but how does one tell?)
to maintain a few dictionaries of some of the headers in mail messages,
for a mail folder. I'm finding that the files containing the persistent
data are incredibly bloated. I'm just keeping a few of the headers for
each message, such as From, Date, and Subject, but the index files for
40MB of total mail are 150MB! Even full-text-indexing them with Verity
does better: 50 MB of indexing for 40MB of mail.
I wonder if there is some tuning that needs to be done. For example, my
app never calls sync() on the dictionaries. Should it? Will this make
a difference? What would?
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