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6.31. GDBM-1.8.3

The GDBM package contains the GNU Database Manager. This is a disk file format database which stores key/data-pairs in single files. The actual data of any record being stored is indexed by a unique key, which can be retrieved in less time than if it was stored in a text file.

Approximate build time: 0.1 SBU
Required disk space: 2.7 MB

6.31.1. Installation of GDBM

Prepare GDBM for compilation:

./configure --prefix=/usr

Compile the package:


This package does not come with a test suite.

Install the package:

make install

In addition, install the DBM and NDBM compatibility headers, as some packages outside of LFS may look for these older dbm routines:

make install-compat

Fix a minor installation issue by manually adding GDBM to the info table of contents:

install-info --dir-file=/usr/info/dir /usr/info/gdbm.info

6.31.2. Contents of GDBM

Installed libraries: libgdbm.{so,a} and libgdbm_compat.{so,a}

Short Descriptions


Contains functions to manipulate a hashed database