Introduction to GDBM

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.

Package Information

User Notes:

Installation of GDBM

Install GDBM by running the following commands:

./configure --prefix=/usr &&

This package does not come with a test suite.

Now, as the root user:

make BINOWN=root BINGRP=root install

In addition, you may need to install the DBM and NDBM compatibility headers and library since some applications look for these older dbm routines.

make BINOWN=root BINGRP=root install-compat

Command Explanations

make BINOWN=root BINGRP=root install: This command overrides the BINOWN and BINGRP variables in the Makefile changing ownership of the installed files to root instead of the bin user.


Installed Programs: None
Installed Libraries: libgdbm.{so,a} and libgdbm_compat.{so,a}
Installed Directories: None

Short Descriptions


contains functions to manipulate a hashed database.

Last updated on 2007-04-04 14:42:53 -0500