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binary-search

A command-line tool that searches text files using the binary search algorithm.

Useful when searching extremely large text files (e.g. multi-GB), such as the Have I Been Pwned password list by Troy Hunt.

Installation

Xcode 9 is required to build the binary.

$ git clone git@github.com:allewun/binary-search.git
$ cd binary-search
$ make # build and install binary at /usr/local/bin/binary-search

Or just use the pre-compiled binary.

Usage

$ binary-search --help
Usage:

    $ binary-search <string> <file>

Arguments:

    string - The string to search for.
    file - The *sorted* file to search.

Example

Find your password in the Pwned Passwords list:

$ binary-search "$(echo -n 'hello' | sha1sum | awk '{print toupper($1)}')" pwned-passwords-ordered-2.0.txt
AAF4C61DDCC5E8A2DABEDE0F3B482CD9AEA9434D:229926

What's the point of this?

With a 29 GB sorted list of 500 million SHA1 hashes, searching for a record using grep takes over 10 minutes because grep searches linearly through the file.

$ time grep FFFFFFFEE791CBAC0F6305CAF0CEE06BBE131160 pwned-passwords-ordered-2.0.txt
FFFFFFFEE791CBAC0F6305CAF0CEE06BBE131160:2
grep FFFFFFFEE791CBAC0F6305CAF0CEE06BBE131160   656.23s user 32.66s system 83% cpu 13:42.34 total

Using binary search cuts this down to an instant:

$ time binary-search FFFFFFFEE791CBAC0F6305CAF0CEE06BBE131160 pwned-passwords-ordered-2.0.txt
FFFFFFFEE791CBAC0F6305CAF0CEE06BBE131160:2
binary-search FFFFFFFEE791CBAC0F6305CAF0CEE06BBE131160   0.01s user 0.01s system 27% cpu 0.064 total

Cool.

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Releases

0.0.1 - 2018-03-31 20:09:19

Initial release.