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One of the most heavily-accesssed portions of the fink website is the searchable package database. This portion of the website has its own URL for historical reasons (it was formerly hosted by, but it is now running as part of the main website. A mysql database contains the data, which is updated at two times: first, when a new binary distribution is released, the data from the distribution is inserted into the database, and second, several times a day an automatic update is made from the fink CVS repository and the pdb scripts convert this into mysql data which is then put into the database (replacing previous information in the database).

An effort to enhance the package database is documented at Fink:PackageDatabase:NewDesign.