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dbm_clearerr, dbm_close, dbm_delete, dbm_dirfno, dbm_error, dbm_fetch,



      dbm_clearerr, dbm_close, dbm_delete, dbm_dirfno, dbm_error, dbm_fetch,
      dbm_firstkey, dbm_nextkey, dbm_open, dbm_store - database access func‐


      #include <fcntl.h>
      #include <ndbm.h>
      DBM *
      dbm_open(const char *base, int flags, int mode);
      dbm_close(DBM *db);
      dbm_store(DBM *db, datum key, datum data, int flags);
      dbm_fetch(DBM *db, datum key);
      dbm_delete(DBM *db, datum key);
      dbm_firstkey(DBM *db);
      dbm_nextkey(DBM *db);
      dbm_error(DBM *db);
      dbm_clearerr(DBM *db);
      dbm_dirfno(DBM *db);


      Database access functions.  These functions are implemented using
      dbopen(3) with a hash(3) database.
      datum is declared in
      typedef struct {
              char *dptr;
              int dsize;
      } datum;
      The dbm_open(base, flags, mode) function opens or creates a database.
      The base argument is the basename of the file containing the database;
      the actual database has a .db suffix.  I.e., if base is
      "/home/me/mystuff" then the actual database is in the file
      /home/me/mystuff.db.  The flags and mode arguments are passed to open(2).
      (O_RDWR | O_CREAT) is a typical value for flags; 0660 is a typical value
      for mode.  O_WRONLY is not allowed in flags.  The pointer returned by
      dbm_open() identifies the database and is the db argument to the other
      functions.  The dbm_open() function returns NULL and sets errno if there
      were any errors.
      The dbm_close(db) function closes the database.
      The dbm_store(db, key, data, flags) function inserts or replaces an entry
      in the database.  The flags argument is either DBM_INSERT or DBM_REPLACE.
      If flags is DBM_INSERT and the database already contains an entry for
      key, that entry is not replaced.  Otherwise the entry is replaced or
      inserted.  The dbm_store() function normally returns zero but returns 1
      if the entry could not be inserted (because flags is DBM_INSERT, and an
      entry with key already exists) or returns -1 and sets errno if there were
      any errors.
      The dbm_fetch(db, key) function returns NULL or the data corresponding to
      The dbm_delete(db, key) function deletes the entry for key.  The
      dbm_delete() function normally returns zero but returns 1 if there was no
      entry with key in the database or returns -1 and sets errno if there were
      any errors.
      The dbm_firstkey(db) function returns the first key in the database.  The
      dbm_nextkey(db) function returns subsequent keys.  The db_firstkey()
      function must be called before dbm_nextkey().  The order in which keys
      are returned is unspecified and may appear random.  The dbm_nextkey()
      function returns NULL after all keys have been returned.
      The dbm_error(db) function returns the errno value of the most recent
      error.  The dbm_clearerr(db) function resets this value to 0 and returns
      The dbm_dirfno(db) function returns the file descriptor to the database.
      open(2), dbopen(3), hash(3)


      These functions (except dbm_dirfno()) are included in the Version 2 of
      the Single UNIX Specification (“SUSv2”).


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