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Old 09-26-2014, 05:19 PM   #1
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Arrow Old School -- gdbmtool & dbmutil -- can't find RPMs and can't find Source


I'm running Fedora 20, KDE. I'm working on a project to hack manpages for other data archival purposes. I need genuine, working copies of %gdbmtool% and %dbmutil% which apparently are not available anywhere via google search except %gdbmtool% is available as a RPM with OpenMambo but no source is available. These are basic linux tools and I am very surprised to see they are not included in any popular distro that I can find.

In my research I've come to learn that %man% utilizes %mandb% which utilizes %gdbm% for a fast hashed key, gzip database that was designed to work with C programs generally run from the command line.

This is the old school database that is still the foundation of onboard %man% and %info% pages and also is used by many CLi utils for fast and simple persistence operations. It has C-lang routines and the standard procedure for apps is to interface the %gdbm% using C. %gdbmtool% and %dbmutil% are command-line interfaces to the database.

This is all I know and all I have learned. Now comes an interesting problem. I can't seem to figure out how to:

1. Find RPMs that will install on Fedora, or
2. Find source code and instructions on compiling it into a RPM that I can install on Fedora.

I used %rpm -ifv --nodeps% to force the openmambo distro's %gdbmtool% RPM onto my system, but I'm not trusting it and don't feel safe trusting a package not designed to access the locally installed and conflicting dependency libraries.

I'd like to find RPMs or good source for both and learn how to compile them with dependencies and without conflicts into a installable RPM for Fedora 20.

If you have any experience or knowledge of these issues please respond with advice.
 
Old 09-27-2014, 07:11 AM   #2
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I need genuine, working copies of %gdbmtool% and %dbmutil% which apparently are not available anywhere via google search except %gdbmtool% is available as a RPM with OpenMambo but no source is available.
http://ftpmirror.gnu.org/gdbm/
ftp://ftp.eskimo.com/home/scs/src/dbmtools.tar.gz


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Find source code and instructions on compiling it into a RPM that I can install on Fedora.
http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Packaging:Guidelines
 
Old 09-27-2014, 07:24 AM   #3
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Example source code, with a gdbm.spec file for building rpm package :
. ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/Linux/distrib...6.fc19.src.rpm
. ftp://ftp.sunet.se/pub/Linux/distrib...7.fc20.src.rpm

But why not "yum" ?

# yum install gdbm

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yum install gdbm
//me slaps forehead, how could I forget about that!..
 
  


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