CDBGEN(1) CDBGEN(1) NAME cdbgen - Create a cdb file from generic input SYNOPSIS cdbgen [-o output-file] [-s key/value separator string] [input-file] DESCRIPTION cdbgen creates a cdb file from the input file. A 'cdb' file is a constant database file as specified by D. J. Bernstein, providing fast keyed lookup on non-changing data. "Non-changing" means that the data doesn't change for the life of a particular application's access, but the entire cdb file can indeed be regenerated between applica- tion invocations. cdbgen provides a tool similar to djb's 'cdbmake' but with a slightly more flexible input format. See discussion below. Options which may be given are as follows: -o output-file The name of the cdb file to create. -s key/value separator string. See discussion below. OPERATION cdbgen produces a cdb file from its input, either from the named input-file or, if no input-file is specified, from stdin. Each line of the input file is either a comment, a blank line, or a data line. Comment lines begin with a '#' character. If any line begins with a backslash (\), the backslash is skipped and the line is processed as a non-comment line. This allows a '#' character to be used as a key (by pre- ceding it with a backslash). For convenience and readability, a physical line may be continued by ending it with a backslash character (immedi- ately prior to any newline character). This includes com- ment lines. Blank lines are ignored. Each data line contains a key string and a data string, separated by a separator string. By default the separator string is ":" (that is, a colon), but you can specify a different separator with the -s option. cdbgen does not do any finagling or moving around of out- put files: it assumes that the file you specify is the one you want created. It's best if you use this program to generate a temporary file, which may then be installed if it's created successfully. SEE ALSO http://www.mvmf.org/ -- the mvmf web site. cdb -- djb's cdb information at http://cr.yp.to/cdb.html CREDITS TO M. Mallett (firstname.lastname@example.org) 2005,2006,2007 created this wrapper program and man page, using djb's fundamental cdb creation functions in cdb_make et al. BUGS You tell me..