"Updating database of binaries" step very slow under Yosemite?

Craig Treleaven ctreleaven at macports.org
Wed Oct 22 07:43:43 PDT 2014

At 3:50 PM -0700 10/20/14, James Berry wrote:
>  > On Oct 20, 2014, at 3:27 AM, Clemens Lang <cal at macports.org> wrote:
>  > ----- On 20 Oct, 2014, at 08:18, Lawrence 
>Velázquez larryv at macports.org wrote:
>>>  On Oct 20, 2014, at 1:22 AM, Leo Singer <aronnax at macports.org> wrote:
>>>>  I found that the "Updating database of binaries" step of installing a port
>>>>  became very slow after I upgraded to 
>>>>Yosemite (i.e., takes many minutes on an
>>>>  SSD). I am just starting to install my ports 
>>>>again after uninstalling all of
>>>>  them, so if this operation scales with the 
>>>>number of ports it should be even
>>>>  faster than usual right now. Has anyone else experienced this?
>>>  I've been seeing this also. Good to hear that I'm not imagining it.
>>  I think our SQLite database isn't performing very will in large transactions
>>  (such as this one, or activating boost).
>I just saw this too...
>As a guess, and from a quick look at the code 
>(where I might have missed something), the 
>updates are not wrapped in a SQL  transaction, 
>so the update for each file is triggering an 
>implicit transaction, with a full acid commit 
>and flush to disk, so things are very slow. If 
>this is the case, a transaction should probably 
>be wrapped around either the entire update of 
>binaries, or around smaller sets of them.
>Though I don't think know why that would be any slower with Yosemite.
>Another possibility is that something in 
>fileIsBinary got very slow in Yosemite, but that 
>just uses very common file system commands like 
>lstat, open, fread, etc, so that doesn't seem 

I'd don't think this is a Yosemite-only problem. 
I just installed colordiff and it took close to 2 
minutes to 'Update database of binaries'.  MBP 
Core i7, OS X 10.6.8, MacPorts 2.3.2.

Craig Treleaven, CA -- Clearview Consulting
(905) 829-2054  ctreleaven at cogeco.ca

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