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       db5.3_upgrade - Upgrade the Berkeley DB version to the current release version.


       db5.3_upgrade [-NsVv] [-h home] [-P password] file ...


       The  db5.3_upgrade  utility  upgrades the Berkeley DB version of one or more files and the
       databases they contain to the current release version.


       -h     Specify a home directory for the database  environment;  by  default,  the  current
              working directory is used.

       -N     Do  not  acquire  shared  region  mutexes  while  running.  Other problems, such as
              potentially fatal errors in Berkeley DB, will be ignored as well.  This  option  is
              intended  only  for  debugging  errors,  and  should  not  be  used under any other

       -P     Specify an environment password.  Although Berkeley DB utilities overwrite password
              strings  as  soon  as  possible, be aware there may be a window of vulnerability on
              systems where unprivileged users can see command-line arguments or where  utilities
              are not able to overwrite the memory containing the command-line arguments.

       -s     This  flag  is  only  meaningful  when upgrading databases from releases before the
              Berkeley DB 3.1 release.

              As part of the upgrade from the Berkeley DB 3.0 release to the 3.1 release, the on-
              disk  format  of  duplicate  data  items  changed.  To correctly upgrade the format
              requires that applications specify whether duplicate data items in the database are
              sorted  or  not.  Specifying  the  -s  flag  means  that the duplicates are sorted;
              otherwise, they are assumed to be unsorted.  Incorrectly specifying  the  value  of
              this flag may lead to database corruption.

              Because  the  db5.3_upgrade  utility  upgrades  a  physical file (including all the
              databases it contains), it is not possible to use db5.3_upgrade  to  upgrade  files
              where  some of the databases it includes have sorted duplicate data items, and some
              of the databases it includes have unsorted duplicate data items. If the  file  does
              not  have  more  than  a single database, if the databases do not support duplicate
              data items, or if all the databases that support duplicate data items  support  the
              same  style  of  duplicates  (either  sorted  or unsorted), db5.3_upgrade will work
              correctly as long as the -s flag is correctly specified. Otherwise, the file cannot
              be upgraded using db5.3_upgrade, and must be upgraded manually using the db5.3_dump
              and db5.0_load utilities.

       -V     Write the library version number to the standard output, and exit.

       -v     Run in verbose mode, displaying a message for each successful upgrade.

       It is important to realize that Berkeley DB database upgrades are done in  place,  and  so
       are  potentially  destructive.  This  means  that if the system crashes during the upgrade
       procedure, or if the upgrade procedure runs out of disk space, the databases may  be  left
       in an inconsistent and unrecoverable state.

       The db5.3_upgrade utility may be used with a Berkeley DB environment (as described for the
       -h option, the environment variable DB_HOME, or because the utility was run in a directory
       containing  a  Berkeley  DB  environment).   In order to avoid environment corruption when
       using a Berkeley DB environment, db5.3_upgrade should always be given the chance to detach
       from  the  environment  and  exit  gracefully.   To  cause  db5.3_upgrade  to  release all
       environment resources and exit cleanly, send it an interrupt signal (SIGINT).

       The db5.3_upgrade utility exits 0 on success, and >0 if an error occurs.


              If the -h option is not specified and the environment variable DB_HOME is  set,  it
              is used as the path of the database home, as described in DB_ENV->open.


       Sleepycat  Software, Inc. This manual page was created based on the HTML documentation for
       db_upgrade from Sleepycat, by Thijs Kinkhorst <>, for the Debian system
       (but may be used by others).

                                         28 January 2005                         DB5.3_UPGRADE(1)