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SFA - SQLite File Archiver
This repository contains sources for a proof-of-concept "SQLite File Archiver" program. This program (named "sfa") operates much like "zip", except that the compressed archive it builds is stored in an SQLite database instead of a ZIP archive.
The motivation for this is to see how much larger an SQLite database file is compared to a ZIP archive containing the same content. The answer depends on the filenames, but 2% seems to be a reasonable guess. In other words, storing files as compressed blobs in an SQLite database file results in a file that is only about 2% larger than storing those same files in a ZIP archive using the same compression.
On unix, just type "make". The SQLite sources are included. The zlib compression library is needed to build.
To create an archive:
sfa ARCHIVE FILES...
All files named in FILES... will be added to the archive. If another file with the same name already exists in the archive, it is replaced. If any of the named FILES is a directory, that directory is scanned recursively.
To see the contents of an archive:
sfa -l ARCHIVE
To extract the contents of an archive:
sfa -x ARCHIVE [FILES...]
If a FILES argument is provided, then only the named files are extracted. Without a FILES argument, all files are extracted.
All commands can be supplemented with -v for verbose output. For example:
sfa -v ARCHIVE FILES.. sfa -lv ARCHIVE sfa -xv ARCHIVE
File are normally compressed using zlib prior to being stored as BLOBs in the database. However, if the file is incompressible or if the -n option is used on the command-line, then the file is stored in the database exactly as it appears on disk, without compression.
The database schema looks like this:
CREATE TABLE sfa( name TEXT PRIMARY KEY, -- name of the file mode INT, -- access permissions mtime INT, -- last modification time sz INT, -- original file size data BLOB -- compressed content );
Both directories and empty files have sfa.sz==0. Directories can be distinguished from empty files because directories have sfa.data IS NULL. The file is compressed if length(sfa.blob)<sfa.sz and is stored as plaintext if length(sfa.blob)==sfa.sz.