Coda File System

Re: protection database - lower edge

From: Peter J. Braam <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 11:30:33 -0500 (EST)
Good suggestions but we won't do it that way:

a) we don't want any of SUN's stuff since we'd have to port that library
to Windows.  All it takes is a few ntohl etc.

b) the dbm from sleepycat is indeed beautiful, but it is not free for
commercial use, hence we won't use it.

- Peter -

On Sun, 15 Feb 1998, Brian Bartholomew wrote:

> > Task 2: define a serialization of this structure to a disk record.
> Recommendation: use the XDR routines from Sun RPC to marshall the
> in-core structures to and from a packed format, rather than coding the
> transform by hand.
> > GNU dbm (gdbm) format.
> Recommendation: dump gdbm in favor of the follow-on work to Berkeley
> dbm, available from  This code has lots of
> good properties, including speed, transactions, multi-user locking,
> on-line hot backups, and a port to Windows.  *I have never encountered
> a bug in db2 while using it correctly*.  Both sendmail and Netscape
> are using this package.  The license says you can use it commercially
> if you distribute the source for your application.  I expect other
> licenses are possible if you ask.
> Another member of the League for Programming Freedom (LPF)
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> Brian Bartholomew - - - Working Version, Cambridge, MA
Received on 1998-02-16 11:33:25