metakit: The database that fits in the palm of your hand1

Metakit is an efficient embedded database library with a small footprint. It fills the gap between flat-file, relational, object-oriented, and tree-structured databases, supporting relational joins, serialization, nested structures, and instant schema evolution. There is a C++ API, a Python binding called "Mk4py", and a Tcl binding called "Mk4tcl". You can manipulate and exchange data with any of these. Data files are portable, use auto-sizing ints and strings, and have the ability to very efficiently store binary data, from single bits to multi-Mb objects. The library has been used on Unix, Windows, Macintosh, VMS, and others, spanning a range of 16- to 64-bit architectures, from PDA to S390. Here's an ancient sales blurb and a pretty dated introduction. This library is in active use in various commercial projects and products.

Metakit works really well for moderate-size (a hundred Mb) datasets, and offers good performance well beyond that size when its column-wise data model is fully taken advantage of. But it's still not as scalable as it could be, nor does it offer true concurrent access.

... part of T2, get it here


Author: Jean-Claude Wippler <jcw [at] equi4 [dot] com>
Maintainer: The T2 Project <t2 [at] t2-project [dot] org>

License: GPL
Status: Stable

Remark: Does cross compile (as setup and patched in T2).

Download: metakit-

T2 source: metakit.cache
T2 source: metakit.desc

Build time (on reference hardware): 1% (relative to binutils)2

Installed size (on reference hardware): 0.34 MB, 10 files

Dependencies (build time detected): 00-dirtree bash binutils coreutils diffutils findutils gawk grep linux-header make sed tar

Installed files (on reference hardware): [show]

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2) Compatible with Linux From Scratch's "Standard Build Unit" (SBU).