I've read the other posts and agree with them wholeheartedly - sounds like
you actually should investigate using some sort of relational db, MySQL or

However, if there is some major reason you don't or can't use a relational
database, you may want to consider storing your flat files as XML and using
a native XML database to store and query those documents. Tamino by
SoftwareAG comes to mind. It's proprietary, expensive and I don't know if or
how you'd blend PHP with it, but if you absolutely must use flat files, XML
might help. 

If you can get your head around XQuery (not an approved standard yet:
http://www.w3.org/TR/xquery/) then you might be able to stay away from a
proprietary solution like Tamino and use PHP to manipulate the flat files
and possibly MySQL to store metadata if you need it(?).

Don't know, just rambling at this point.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Teemu Pentinsaari [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]]
> Sent: Monday, November 18, 2002 9:16 AM
> Subject: [PHP-DB] Fastest, easiest Flatfile DB with PHP
> hi,
> Maybe someone here can point me the way ...
> I'm looking for a fast and easy to use flatfile database 
> working with PHP.
> The amount of stored data, the frequency and number of 
> queries are really
> massive so I'm hoping to be able to skip MySql and build this 
> service with
> some alternative technique. Anyone ?
> thanks
> Teemu
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