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Re: BDB 4.3 instability

Craig Worgan wrote:

My question is not "platform" specific.  In the OpenLDAP Software FAQ
there is a statement that BDB 4.3 is unstable.  I am simply asking for
the details behind that statememt.

And Buchan was simply asking for the details behind your statement.

In the future I will provide no
platform related details when asking a question where they are not

Since you're the one asking for help, it's a fair guess that you're in less of a position to judge what is or isn't pertinent than the people on this list trying to help you.

"BDB 4.3 is unstable." That's all you need to know, the details aren't pertinent...


-----Original Message-----
From: Buchan Milne [mailto:bgmilne@staff.telkomsa.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 8:39 AM
To: Worgan, Craig (BVW:9T16)
Cc: openldap-software@openldap.org
Subject: Re: BDB 4.3 instability

I'm going to assume that your "vendor" is Red Hat, and that you are
RHEL5 (based on the package version you supplied). It would really help
to provide this kind of information up-front when you are asking
specifically about "platform" issues.

1)Red Hat is not going to upgrade/downgrade db4 to 4.2 or 4.4 or 4.5 on

2)There is no reason why you should need to upgrade the system db4
package to build OpenLDAP, as evidenced by:


(the 2.3 packages ship an internal db- or so, and the 2.4
packages ship an internal 4.6)


On Tuesday 29 July 2008 14:11:33 Craig Worgan wrote:
Hi Buchan,

I built the OpenLDAP server myself, and it's dynamically linked to the

shared library libdb-4.3.so provided by db4-4.3.29-9.fc6. My platform

team is actually trying to get our Linux vendor to upgrade the library

and they are asking for the details.  I guess if that fails I can try
a static build with the upgraded library, but we are in a space
constrained environment and try as much as possible to use dynamic



-----Original Message-----
From: Buchan Milne [mailto:bgmilne@staff.telkomsa.net]
Sent: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 4:50 AM
To: openldap-software@openldap.org
Cc: Worgan, Craig (BVW:9T16)
Subject: Re: BDB 4.3 instability

On Tuesday 29 July 2008 01:21:57 Craig Worgan wrote:

Does anyone know the specifics of the instability of BDB 4.3 (see
http://www.openldap.org/faq/data/cache/44.html)?  I run OpenLDAP on
a RedHat platform that ships with BDB 4.3
But, does the OpenLDAP package on that "platform" (would you not
prefer to provide a version instead?) actually link to the system BDB
4.3 ?
$ rpm -q openldap-servers

$ rpm -qR openldap-servers|grep db-4

$ rpm -q --whatprovides libslapd_db-4.2.so

So, it's linked to an internal copy of 4.2. BDB version may not be
your biggest problem.

BTW: http://staff.telkomsa.net/packages/rhel4/openldap/


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