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filesystem + database
- database always up to date
- database queries via ioctls
- manage multiple host filesystems simultaneously
- one install to multiple machines
A possible configuration would be to store a filesystem both as a normal filesystem and as a database. Filesystem reads would come from the filesystem, plus the queries could be done on the database (via ioctls) to quickly do searches that would take a long time in the filesystem.
Another possibility would be to mount multiple remote filesystems under the same hostfs mount in order to install software to all of them simultaneously.