The following information describes the general process of upgrading Berkeley DB installations. There are four areas to be considered when upgrading Berkeley DB applications and database environments: the application API, the database environment's region files, the underlying database formats, and, in the case of transactional database environments, the log files. The upgrade procedures required depend on whether or not the release is a major or minor release (in which either the major or minor number of the version changed), or a patch release (in which only the patch number in the version changed). Berkeley DB major and minor releases may optionally include changes in all four areas, that is, the application API, region files, database formats, and log files may not be backward-compatible with previous releases.
Each Berkeley DB major or minor release has information in this chapter of the Reference Guide, describing how to upgrade to the new release. The section describes any API changes made in the release. Application maintainers should review the API changes and update their applications as necessary before recompiling with the new release. In addition, each section includes a page specifying whether the log file format or database formats changed in non-backward-compatible ways as part of the release. Because there are several underlying Berkeley DB database formats, and they do not all necessarily change in the same release, changes to a database format in a release may not affect any particular application.
A Berkeley DB patch release will never modify the API, regions, log files, or database formats in incompatible ways, and so applications need only be relinked (or, in the case of a shared library, pointed at the new version of the shared library) to upgrade to a new release. Note that internal Berkeley DB interfaces may change at any time and in any release (including patch releases) without warning. This means the library must be entirely recompiled and reinstalled when upgrading to new releases of the library because there is no guarantee that modules from one version of the library will interact correctly with modules from another release.
If the release is a patch release, do the following:
Otherwise, if the application does not have a Berkeley DB transactional environment, the application may be installed in the field using the following steps:
Otherwise, if the application has a Berkeley DB transactional environment, but neither the log file nor database formats have changed, the application may be installed in the field using the following steps:
If the application has a Berkeley DB transactional environment, and the log file format has changed, but the database formats have not, the application may be installed in the field using the following steps:
Otherwise, if the application has a Berkeley DB transactional environment and the database format has changed, the application may be installed in the field using the following steps:
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