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gdbm-1.11 released [stable]

From: Sergey Poznyakoff
Subject: gdbm-1.11 released [stable]
Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:20:01 +0200


I am pleased to announce the release of GNU DBM Version 1.11.  See
below for a list of changes and new features in this release.

Here are the compressed sources and a GPG detached signature[*]:

Use a mirror for higher download bandwidth:

Here are the MD5 and SHA1 checksums:

72c832680cf0999caedbe5b265c8c1bd  gdbm-1.11.tar.gz
ce433d0f192c21d41089458ca5c8294efe9806b4  gdbm-1.11.tar.gz

[*] Use a .sig file to verify that the corresponding file (without the
.sig suffix) is intact.  First, be sure to download both the .sig file
and the corresponding tarball.  Then, run a command like this:

  gpg --verify gdbm-1.11.tar.gz.sig

If that command fails because you don't have the required public key,
then run this command to import it:

  gpg --keyserver --recv-keys 55D0C732

and rerun the 'gpg --verify' command.

This release was bootstrapped with the following tools:
  Automake 1.14
  Autoconf 2.69
  Bison 2.5.1
  Lex 2.5.35
  Makeinfo 4.13

Noteworthy changes in this release:

* Improved dump format.

A new dump format is implemented, which encodes all data in base64 and
stores not only key/data pairs, but also the original database file
metadata, such as file name, mode and ownership.  Files in this format
can be sent without additional encapsulation over transmission
channels that normally allow only ASCII data.  Dumps in this format
allow for restoring an exact copy of the database, including file
ownership and privileges.

* New function: gdbm_count

    int gdbm_count (GDBM_FILE *file, gdbm_count *count);

Counts records in `file' and stores the result in the memory location
pointed to by `count'.

* New utilities: gdbm_dump and gdbm_load.

Gdbm_dump creates a plaintext dump of the GDBM database.  This dump
can be used to create an exact copy of the database afterward.

The gdbm_load performs the reverse: given the dump file, it creates a
GDBM database.  Apart from native GDBM dump formats, it also understands
the format generated by Berkeley DB db_dump utility.  Thus, an easy
way to convert a Berkeley DB database to GDBM is:

   db_dump input.db | gdbm_load output.db

* gdbmtool

The gdbmtool utility allows you to examine, modify or create GDBM
databases.  It provides an easy-to-use interactive shell and can
be used for scripting.  One of the unique features of gdbmtool is that
it allows to define datum structures for key and content parts, similarly
to the C "struct" declarations, and to input and display such
structured data.


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