GCG v.10 - without databases?

William R. Pearson wrp at alpha0.bioch.virginia.edu
Sun Feb 14 10:07:47 EST 1999

browns02 at mcrcr.med.nyu.edu (Stuart Brown) writes:

I think there are substantial advantages to keeping local copies of the
databases - this allows you to you more sophisticated search techniques
on that are not readily available on the WWW.

It is hard for me to believe that disk space for databases is a
serious problem.  The price of disks is still dropping faster than the
increase in database size - the database size doubles every 15 - 18
months but the price of disk space halves about every year, so the the
secret is to not buy disk space in advance.

I do not think it makes sense to keep mulitple copies of the
databases, and, with netfetch, it may not make sense to keep copies of
the non-sequence data (*.ref files).  But there are very useful things
you can do with databases locally that cannot be done on the WWW.

Bill Pearson

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