[Aptitude-devel] Bug#519906: aptitude: use a database like MySQL to speed things up

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo manuel.montezelo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 20 19:09:09 UTC 2014

Control: tags 519906 + wontfix


There are other bug reports where the speed issues are already
recorded.  On the matter of MySQL itself, it would be a bad idea for
several reasons, including Daniel Burrows's and Axel's reasons.

Actually, old and embedded systems lack memory more than CPU, so
adding a half-full RDBMS into the mix would probably hurt performance
even more. (The situation might have been a bit different in 2009, but

And it would be a huge problem to tie aptitude's future to MySQL,
because many people will say "we want a minimal set of dependencies
for important packages, or to have minimal systems (think VMs)".  I
suspect that the usage of aptitude would drop significantly if people
see that aptitude needs MySQL to run.

So marking the bug as wontfix at the moment.

Manuel A. Fernandez Montecelo <manuel.montezelo at gmail.com>

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