[development] low hanging fruit for Drupal 6: variable defaults

Wim Leers bashratthesneaky at gmail.com
Thu May 3 17:40:57 UTC 2007

But nevertheless it would be a good "administration usability"  
improvement, and easy to implement.


On May 3, 2007, at 18:34 , Gabor Hojtsy wrote:

> Larry Garfield wrote:
>> As long as we're mucking about in the variable system, the cache  
>> system recently introduced a "serialized" flag to specify if a  
>> given value needs to be serialized or not.  (I believe the default  
>> was object/array = serialize else don't bother.)  That saves the  
>> unserialization time on a string or int.  Given that the variable  
>> table is loaded completely on a page load, I think the same thing  
>> could work here to reduce the amount of deserialization required.   
>> I dare say half of the stuff stored there, probably more, is just  
>> ints and strings that don't need to be serialized.  (And it would  
>> make manually setting clean URLs off easier, a common support  
>> request. <g>)  I'm not sure how that impacts the registry/install  
>> question, but consider that a feature request while you're at it.
> Larry, variables are loaded from the cache table as one big blob,  
> and deserialized in bootstrap time. The code is in variable_init()  
> and it does try a cache_get() first. This makes it indepenent of  
> how the variables table is structured.
> Gabor

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