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There's already support for accessing zip and tar archives as filesystems (also see ASAR), which doesn't incur the overhead of SQL evaluation. At least on Windows, this would result in a huge speedup (just because you're avoiding antivirus latency). I don't expect it to help Mac or Linux that much (as their filesystems are comparatively much more efficient with larger numbers of small files).

I had a problem with zips, they can be only 232 bytes = 4.3 GB. The Zip64 format fixes this, however few libraries support it.

That sounds like an upside. Force people to keep their hypothetical node_modules.db "lean and mean"!

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