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103/376: Allow regular files as GC roots

From: Ludovic Courtès
Subject: 103/376: Allow regular files as GC roots
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:04:20 +0000

civodul pushed a commit to tag 1.8
in repository guix.

commit 1c208f2b7ef8ffb5e6d435d703dad83223a67bd6
Author: Eelco Dolstra <address@hidden>
Date:   Fri Aug 1 16:46:01 2014 +0200

    Allow regular files as GC roots
    If a root is a regular file, then its name must denote a store
    path. For instance, the existence of the file
    would cause
    to be a root.
    This is useful because it involves less I/O (no need for a readlink()
    call) and takes up less disk space (the symlink target typically takes
    up a full disk block, while directory entries are packed more
    efficiently). This is particularly important for,
    which has hundreds of thousands of roots, and where reading the roots
    can take 25 minutes.
 src/libstore/ |    6 ++++++
 1 files changed, 6 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/src/libstore/ b/src/libstore/
index 96e891f..2e2e850 100644
--- a/src/libstore/
+++ b/src/libstore/
@@ -328,6 +328,12 @@ static void findRoots(StoreAPI & store, const Path & path, 
Roots & roots)
+        else if (S_ISREG(st.st_mode)) {
+            Path storePath = settings.nixStore + "/" + baseNameOf(path);
+            if (store.isValidPath(storePath))
+                roots[path] = storePath;
+        }
     catch (SysError & e) {

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