[physfs] What are the real benefits of PhysFS ?
Ryan C. Gordon
icculus at icculus.org
Thu Jul 16 19:48:08 EDT 2009
> Why is it faster, doesn't the unzipping cause delay too?
CPU is cheap, disk bandwidth is expensive. Reading a .zip archive's file
listings might actually be faster than reading a real directory, since
the data might all be in the same page on-disk.
> Can you specify a byte pointer to load? so I could append an archive to
> my binary which would make switching versions as seemless as clicking on
> an exe?
.zip files keep a signature at the end of the archive, which means you
can append it to your .exe and PhysicsFS will treat it as a .zip file.
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