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All the drivers berkeley db dlz advantage of Berkeley DB's built-in caching to improve performance. However, it provides those features in a library that links directly with the application that needs those services, rather than being made available by a standalone server application.

NLnet; Dynamically Loadable Zones in BIND v9

In this chapter, we'll take a deeper look at Berkeley DB and see that it is composed of a collection of modules, each of which embodies the Unix "do one thing well" philosophy. Applications that embed Berkeley DB can use those components directly or they can simply use them implicitly via the more berkeley db dlz operations to get, put, and delete data items. We'll focus on architecture—how we got started, what we were designing, and where we've ended up and why. Designs can and certainly will! We will also briefly consider the code evolution of long-term software projects. Berkeley DB has over two decades of on-going development, and that inevitably takes its toll on good design. It boasted a clever scheme allowing a constant time mapping between hash values and page addresses, as well as the ability to handle large data—items larger than the underlying hash bucket or filesystem page size, typically four to eight kilobytes.

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If hash tables were good, then Btrees and hash tables would be better. Mike Olson, also a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, had written a number of Btree implementations, and agreed to berkeley db dlz one more.

The three of us transformed Margo's hash software and Mike's Btree software into an berkeley db dlz API, where applications reference hash tables or Btrees via database handles that had handle methods to read and modify data. Berkeley DB 1. The Berkeley DB 1.

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This effort produced the first transactional version of Berkeley DB, version 2. Berkeley DB 4.


At the time of writing, Berkeley DB is the most widely used database toolkit berkeley db dlz the world, with hundreds of millions of deployed copies running in everything from routers and browsers to mailers and operating systems. Although more than twenty years old, the Berkeley DB tool-based and object-oriented approach has allowed it to incrementally improve and re-invent itself to match the requirements of the software using it. It is vital for any complex software package's testing and maintenance that the software be designed and built as a cooperating set of modules with well-defined API boundaries.


The boundaries can and should! The existence of those boundaries prevents the software from becoming an unmaintainable pile of spaghetti. Butler Lampson once said that all problems in computer science berkeley db dlz be solved by another level of indirection. More to the point, when asked what it meant for something to be object-oriented, Lampson said it meant being able to have multiple implementations behind an API. The Berkeley DB design and implementation embody this approach of permitting multiple implementations behind a common interface, providing an object-oriented look and feel, even though the library is written in C.

The difference between the design and the actual released db The recovery subsystem is shown in gray. Recovery includes both the driver infrastructure, depicted in the recovery box, as well as a set of recovery redo and undo routines that recover the operations performed by the access methods. These are represented by the circle labelled "access method recovery routines. Berkeley db dlz general purpose design also produces a much richer interface between the various modules.

Berkeley db dlz the original architecture is still visible, the current berkeley db dlz shows its age with the addition of new modules, the decomposition of old modules e. Over a decade of evolution, dozens of commercial releases, and hundreds of new features later, we see that the architecture is significantly more complex than its ancestors. The key things to note are: First, replication adds an entirely new layer to the system, but it does so cleanly, interacting with the rest of the system via the same APIs as does the historical code. Second, the log module is split into log and dbreg database registration. Third, we have placed all inter-module calls into a namespace identified with leading underscores, so that applications won't collide with our function names.

We discuss this further in Design Lesson 6.

Historically, Berkeley DB never had more than one thread of control reading or writing the log at any instant in time, so the library had a single notion of the current seek pointer berkeley db dlz the log.The driver should build properly on any UN*X system that BIND & Berkeley DB support. Be sure to specify --with-dlz-bdb when running configure so that the. Two BDB drivers are currently provided with DLZ. In the future, a third may be developed to provide even better performance. All the drivers take advantage of.

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