RV: [htdig] SQL database integration...


Subject: RV: [htdig] SQL database integration...
From: Fernando Bordignon (bordi@unlu.edu.ar)
Date: Wed Jun 21 2000 - 07:37:33 PDT


----- Original Message -----
From: Geoff Hutchison <ghutchis@wso.williams.edu>
To: cicciotomi <cicciotomi@galactica.it>
Cc: <htdig@htdig.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 21, 2000 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [htdig] SQL database integration...

> At 8:24 AM +0200 6/21/00, cicciotomi wrote:
> >So I don' t know if the problem has been discussed previously. I
> >tested the performances of ht://Dig with the Berkeley-DB and I did
> >not find them very interesting. Mine is only an amatorial interest,
> >but, shouldn' t be better add Postgres SQL (that seems to be a very
> >good SQL database) libraries instead of using the cited database
> >system? I think Geoff Hutchinson was working on a project to
> >parallelize the dig process and to use clustered databases on
> >different machines (Beowulf?). For this reason too, shouldn' t be
> >better change Berkeley-DB with strong and releable SQL databases (as
> >said Postgres, mySQL, ...)?
>
> OK, first off, I don't remember *ever* saying I was working on any
> such project. It's a nice idea, but I'm neither the one to do it or
> do I have the time to do it.
>
> Secondly, I disagree that SQL is necessarily better than the Berkeley
> DB. Yes, we would like to give people the option of using a SQL
> server if they'd like it. However, Berkeley is just as strong and
> reliable as SQL and is used for storing terabytes of data.
> Furthermore, the word database is probably best stored in a
> compressed Berkeley database, especially on the grounds of disk space
> usage.
>
> So yes, I will at some point be integrating Zoran's mySQL patches and
> if anyone else wishes to contribute to that effort, it would be
> appreciated. But the Berkeley DB is not going away for several
> reasons:
> 1) The compressed databases are almost always smaller than SQL ones
> (usually by a lot).
> 2) You don't need to set up a SQL server to get ht://Dig to work, it
> works out of the box. (So to speak.)
>
> Both of these reasons are important. There are many webmasters out
> there, myself included, who want something fairly lightweight. And
> though complaints about disk usage are less frequent than they were
> even 2 years ago, I think it's still a significant worry. Not
> everyone wants to by huge disks.
>
> Sorry for such a long answer, but I wanted to explain things as
> clearly as possible. If you'd like to help, please let us know--it
> would be greatly appreciated.
>
> --
> -Geoff Hutchison
> Williams Students Online
> http://wso.williams.edu/
>
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