[RC5] LIFO? Is this true?

R. Kelley Cook kcook at ibm.net
Fri May 8 14:24:44 EDT 1998

On Thu, 7 May 1998 23:09:04 -0400 (EDT), Phil Gregory wrote:

>...  FIFO rewriting the file
>every time also adds them at the end of the file, but the constant
>rewriting is bad anyway.  The other scenario for a FIFO either adds at
>the end or the beginning.  If at the end, then the file keeps growing and
>growing.  If at the beginning, what do you do if you have more blocks than
>room for them?

Or you can keep a separate 1 bits per block map to keep track of which
blocks have been loaded or checked plus each client keeps a pointer to
the current block and then you would run through the blocks in a
circular fashion.  This would have neither of your disadvantages and be
mostly FIFO.  

Main difference in code would be the config file itself could not hold
the number of blocks to load, but this information could be easily
determined from the file itself.  If the filesize is zero then it
should autmatically run the initialization/resize routine would set up
the file.

0 - empty and/or already checked and results placed in buff-out.rc5
1 - loaded but not completely checked

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