New FreeBSD package system (a.k.a. Daemon Package System (dps))

Dag-Erling Smørgrav des at
Fri May 11 09:51:55 UTC 2007

Ivan Voras <ivoras at> writes:
> Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
> > Ivan Voras <ivoras at> writes:
> > > You can inspect s sqlite database with the provided utility. Unless the
> > > database gets corrupted (which it tries to avoid by respecting ACID),
> > ACID is not something a database "respects", it is a set of guarantees
> > that it provides to the application.  Avoiding database corruption is
> > a necessary requirement for, rather than a consequence of, ACID.
> I'm thinking of ACID as a set of ideas / procedures, the consequence
> of which is avoiding corruption. Of course, there's a "hierarchy of
> reliability" - the db relies on the file system to meet the
> requirements, the file system relies on the hardware, etc. but if the
> db doesn't make use of those, it's all for nothing.

The world would be a much nicer place if people would stop redefining
technical terms to mean whatever suits them.

Dag-Erling Smørgrav - des at

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