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Re: Up for Critique

by jpm (Novice)
on Mar 23, 2002 at 17:16 UTC ( #153806=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Up for Critique

I'm not a perl expert, so please forgive me (you and the Monks) if this is a silly suggestion, but in your position I'd consider doing it all in memory. You said 26,000 genes, so how many nucleotides per gene - could it be around 1,000, or is that way too low? If 1000, this gives only 26M nucleotides.

If we use a character per nucleotide, this is only 26M bytes. If these figures are low, we could use 2 bits per nucleotide (as there are 4 different ones), giving an increase of a factor of 4 over just using bytes (you'd have to write pack and unpack functions).

So I'd download the data from the database(s), do my processing in memory, store any results back, and display the results on some kind of report.

Please contact me if you want to get into details (non-perl related!).

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[oiskuu]: The useful bits that relate to your process can be found under /proc/self. What information are you thinking of? Tty name?
[tye]: I just daemonized and getlogin() still knew who I had been.
[tye]: perhaps loginuid ? Not that I concede that something not being in /proc means it is not useful.
[Corion]: tye: That's really interesting, but maybe it is because getlogin() returns the name, or the uid, so if that user has been replaced by another user with the same uid in the meantime, that's no problem to the system...
[davido]: or on ubuntu /var/run/utmp
[Corion]: Otherwise, I would imagine that a user with a process still alive would lock that information in memory.
[davido]: so last -f /var/run/utmp on ubuntu provides similar (though more verbose) info
[oiskuu]: glibc getlogin just does ttyname() and falls back on getutline(); it's not security related at all. (reminds me of sendmail and remote finger services of the naive early spam era)
[Corion]: But yes, "who started this process" is interesting information :)
[tye]: no, I really believe that "login user" was added as a fundamental bit of info about each process in order to enhance the usefulness of auditing

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