Re: [pcgen-xml] Re: Expanded pcg proposal
- David M. Bebber wrote:
>Could we use this Base functionality to implement FREQ [ 1223158 ] storeSpeed was never the problem with the freq. The problem is social.
>datasets in a zip archive ??
There are a number of places where we get pushback on this. One is from
data monkeys, because this makes editing data files a lot more
irritating - even if we support uncompressed or compressed, it makes
their job harder. Two, it represents a barrier to getting new data
monkeys, because three a lot of people modify the data sets in their
personal copy (I know I do), and if we zip them by default, we add one
more technical step to an already byzantine process - making the program
harder to use and modify for newbies.
Those are the main reasons. That, and the size of the whole program,
with all it's datasets is really pretty small. At 30 meg, pcgen is
still one of the smallest programs I have installed on my computer.
7.43 meg of which is data sets (in 5.8.0), so really at max we are
talking about saving 5 or so meg max. On the smallest of drives we are
talking here about .025% of a 20 gig drive. Even with flash drives, it
already takes effort to find one smaller then 512 (1%).
For those that for whatever reason this 5 meg makes an actual
difference, I could see maybe adding support for zipped data sets, but I
don't want to default to them. The social tradeoffs we make when
defaulting to zip storage of the data sets is to high for a gain that is
not very large.
I hope you see where I'm coming from on this - I've considered this
question for some time. But if you still want support (not default) I
would be willing to give that a shot when we are already implementing
something similar in the form of the new pcg files.
Just getting the built-in editors to work well has been an effort for a number of years now. I think that, if the code team were
to focus solely on the editors, they'd work on getting just the flat-file stuff working first before going towards the zipped
Paul W. King
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Edwin Holley
Sent: Wednesday, October 12, 2005 7:05 PM
Subject: RE: [pcgen-xml] Re: Expanded pcg proposal
Ok ... what about an editor for the data sets, which could support the zipped or unzipped data sets automatically.
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