I hate to bitch, because I don't contribute to it in any way, but does
anyone else think searches of the mail archives are incredibly slow ? I
don't know how much text there is, but even if there averaged 100 mails per
day, at an average size of 2 k, for the last three years (all of these
figures are an overstatement, that I do know) that makes for ~200M of text.
How long can it take to search 200M of text ? I just tried using agrep on a
two word OR search on a 191M file (it was handy) on a 400MHz AMD K6-III and
I got a time result of
7.93user 12.79system 0:33.75elapsed 61%CPU
Interestingly, when I tried with a file 1/6 the size (same text, ie big file
= 6 of small file) the time output was
0.82user 0.25system 0:01.08elapsed 98%CPU
I was watching top in another window and the machine was basically
quiescent. Shouldn't linear text searches have a linear time relationship to
the filesize, once the files are big enough ?
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