BIG: archive format to store millions of files.
BIG is an archive format that was designed to store millions of files.
The format is quite simple. For each archive, two files are used. One file is where we store all the binary files. The second file contains a list of all the stored files and their respective location inside the big file.
This format comes out of the need for a simpler flat-file system where we could read and write more than a million files. Conventional file systems such as NTFS and EXT3 were not considered as efficient enough to handle this number of files, other solutions such as XFS and HDFS were not simple enough for the triplecheck context.
Current edition focuses on supporting “write-once, read-many”.
What is currently NOT supported:
Editing files after being written
Avoiding duplicates of the same file(s) to be written
Sorting of files
Compression of files to save overall disk space
What is it good for?
Simplicity, any tool can read/extract data from a BIG archive
Millions of files stored inside an archive
SHA1 signatures for quick finding specific files
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