[Owncloud] Archive reading resource hog (bug oc-1224)

Sam Tuke samtuke at owncloud.com
Wed Sep 19 18:08:56 UTC 2012

Here's a status update on bug oc-1224 that I've been working on.

When files_archive is enabled, and a new archive is added to ownCloud, all 
subfiles and directories are opened on the server and added to the filecache. 
This hogs resources to a show-stopping extent.

As far as I can see it's not necessary to do this. With gzipped files, if only 
the archive file itself is read into the cache when it is first uploaded, then 
you can browse through the archive in the web interface quite happily, as each 
time you open a subdirectory, the contents of that directory are read into the 
cache. I have used path regexes to prevent recursive scanning of archives, and 
this works for gzip files.

Zip files however don't work the same way however. Unless the whole archive is 
scanned into the file cache when it's first added, the archive is not browsable 
via web interface. I'm not sure why rescans are triggered for gzip archives 
and not for zip archives.

However, even when recursive scanning of gzip archives is prohibited, the 
resources required to scan even a few files within an archive are impractical. 
On my dual core machine, a gzip file with only three subfiles (small images) and 
three subdirectories takes about 30 seconds to scan. Scanning the contents of 
the top level of any real world web app archive (like tinymce or phplist), 
which has about ten files / directories in its root folder, takes more than 5 

I'm currently trying to identify exactly where the bottleneck is - commenting 
out all of scanfile() (in filecache.php) doesn't ease things, so the issue must 
presumably lay somewhere in scan(). I think I need to get xdebug working again 
to investigate further.

That's it from me for this week.


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