Re: [dev] man and man-db

From: Raphaël Proust <>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2013 10:58:58 +0000

On Mon, Nov 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM, Szymon Olewniczak
<> wrote:
> Which db engines
> do you consider of being suckless?

I (as in “myself”, not as in “the suckless community”) think file
based storage is a DB that sucks less than most systems out there.

However, I would argue that the file abstraction is the important bit,
not the implementation (i.e. if you have a file interface that does
not rely on usual files can be close enough to the suckless philosophy
(depending on the implementation). E.g. procfs is a database of the
running processes on top of which is is reasonably easy to building
clean, portable scripts and programs that do not suck too much. Other
examples: devices in /dev, network connections in Plan9's /net.

Of course a crappy fuse implementation exposing a file abstraction
after crossing layers of dummy network layers, bloated with huge
dynamic dependencies, implemented in a mix of ruby, perl and
javascript, does suck! A lot!

Raphaël Proust
Received on Tue Nov 05 2013 - 11:58:58 CET

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