Subject: Re: recent import of file(1)
To: None <>
From: der Mouse <mouse@Rodents.Montreal.QC.CA>
List: current-users
Date: 11/03/1999 12:07:46
>> [ file probs ]
> If you're in "file hacking mode", [...]

While you're working on file, how about doing something about its
glacial speed?

[Stone - root] 27> date ; file /bin/ls ; date
Wed Nov  3 12:02:40 EST 1999
/bin/ls: ELF 32-bit MSB executable, SPARC, version 1, statically linked, stripped
Wed Nov  3 12:02:55 EST 1999
[Stone - root] 28> 

15 seconds?!  That's completely outrageous, IMO.  (ktracing reveals
that the time is spent reading and processing the magic-numbers

The machine the above test was done on is a headless SPARC ELC running
NetBSD/sparc 1.4J, the sup of 1999-08-13 (with my patches, none of
which affect anything under src/usr.bin/file).  Nothing else was
running at the time (except for background stuff like update(8)).

					der Mouse

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