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Re: radix tree implementation for quota ?
On Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 11:43:48PM +0100, Joerg Sonnenberger wrote:
> A radix tree is kind of a bad choice for this purpose. The easiest
> approach is most likely to have [a btree]
I would go with an expanding hash table of some kind, e.g. size is 2^n
pages, hash & (2^n - 1) tells you the page to look at, when you fill
up double the size and take an extra bit from the hash value. If you
use a good hash function you should get decent occupancy rates;
expanding requires rewriting every page, but for systems where the
number of uids is more or less constant over time (which is most
systems) this won't happen very much... and remember that for 30,000
users the total size of quota data is only about 1M anyhow so chugging
it around once in a while isn't a big deal.
However, I'm still not convinced the sparse file really is a serious
problem in practice.
David A. Holland
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