Generate unique ID for URL

Chris Angelico rosuav at
Wed Nov 14 05:06:10 CET 2012

On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 2:25 PM, Richard <richardbp at> wrote:
> So the use case - I'm storing webpages on disk and want a quick retrieval system based on URL.
> I can't store the files in a single directory because of OS limitations so have been using a sub folder structure.
> For example to store data at URL "abc": a/b/c/index.html
> This data is also viewed locally through a web app.
> If you can suggest a better approach I would welcome it.

The cost of a crypto hash on the URL will be completely dwarfed by the
cost of storing/retrieving on disk. You could probably do some
arithmetic and figure out exactly how many URLs (at an average length
of, say, 100 bytes) you can hash in the time of one disk seek.


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