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This comment reminds me of a rant I listened to once about implementing bsddb. It went, basically: Everything you need to know to correctly, reliably, use bsddb is somewhere in their documentation. But the chances you have of correctly using the library, without reading, understanding, and remembering every line of that documentation, is basically 0.

Which I guess explains why RedHat had corruption issues with their package database for, what, a few years before they figured it out? If RedHat needs a few years to get it right for a core component of their core product, who can be expected to?

This RSA discussion makes me wonder if it is in the same boat.

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