In article <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>, 
> Hello all,
> I've got a bit of a problem at the moment. I'm using the dba_ functions to
> do some simple database access, and I have the need to delete some items
> from the database from time to time. When dba_delete() is called, it returns
> true, indicating that the key/value pair was deleted. After making the
> deletions, dba_sync() is called. The problem is, the database size never
> decreases no matter how much you delete (even if you remove every item). On
> examination of the .dbm files in text editor, I found that all the data from
> every key/value pair was still there, and hadn't been removed as I wanted it
> to. This is extremely bad for the database, because it grows constantly with
> no way to decrease the size other than flat out deleting it, which I don't
> want to do. Am I doing something wrong with deleting the keys, or is this an
> issue with dba?
> Notes: I'm using Apache 1.3.24 and PHP 4.2.1 on Windows XP Professional. The
> database is accessed using the db3 handler.
> Thank you in advance for any replies,
> Steve

I don't know ththe Berlely style db app, but what does dba_optimize do? 
That may be analogous to DBase's Pack function which tidies up empty 

David Robley
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