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Re: Subversion's use of Berkeley DB [#11511]

From: Greg Hudson <ghudson_at_MIT.EDU>
Date: 2004-12-13 03:00:04 CET

On Sun, 2004-12-12 at 18:48, Keith Bostic wrote:
> Does RPM ever run database environment recovery? (I know the
> RPM maintainer is happy with Berkeley DB, and he's never asked
> any of these questions. :-)

I don't know if RPM ever runs database recovery. And while Jeff may be
happy with Berkeley DB, his users haven't always been;
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=73097 partially
documents a miserable period where rpmlib would commonly hang trying to
access the database, which was no good at all for system stability.
This problem appears to be mostly fixed as a practical concern (I think
mostly by eliminating circumstances where rpm processes would exit
uncleanly), but it's still symptomatic of Berkeley DB's brittleness when
used as an embedded database.

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