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Subject: Re: max 200 entries in a dir. why?
From: Bjoern Fischer (bfischer_at_Techfak.Uni-Bielefeld.DE)
Date: 2002-08-13


Hello,

> > Why not buffer the first 200 entries of the directory into RAM, then (when
> > the user scrolls beyond the 200th entry) access the drive
> > and read the next 200 entries into the buffer? Didn't anyone think of
> > this before, or is it impossible?
>
> If you do it that way, AFAIK, it should be a very simple modification. The
> problem is purely with directory sorting, as was pointed out earlier. Still,
> I'd personally say it's better to list all the files in the wrong order than
> to just list the first 200, since the order will still be wrong like that
> anyway.

Another approach would be to require structured directory names, e.g.

  0001_Freakpower
  0002_Gus_Gus
  0003_ZZ-Top

...you get the idea. A (Perl/Bourne-Shell)-Script or the sync software
takes care that the numbering properly reflects the lexicographic
ordering. The firmware doesn't need to perform sorting operations at all.

But this is all nothing compared to...
...yet another approach: Soon HDD write operations will be implemented
(for both, recorder AND player, did I get this right?). Then it is possible
to maintain an (hidden) index file for each directory, that is automatically
updated by the firmware. This also takes the burden of sorting off every
directory access. These index files can also be maintained by external
software, but I would prefer the 'self-contained' solution.

All in all, I would recommend, that the rockbox firmware should be
kept as lean as possible. All non-vital stuff like screen savers
games and more-than-200-dirents should be available as an opt-in at
compile time (roughly this is already the case).
It wouldn't hurt much to make 2 or 3 different binary versions of
each release: 'low fat', 'normal' and 'tasty'.

BTW: The original ROM based firmware, is it copied into RAM or does it
remain in ROM while running?

Bjorn (Fischer)



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