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Installation from source

Installing pxlib from source has been simplified as much as possible and should be flawless on most Unix systems, expecially Linux on which pxlib is being developed.

On a recent Linux system you will need no extra libraries to compile pxlib. On other Unix systems you may need iconv or recorde for recoding the field data in paradox tables. On Linux systems iconv is part of libc6.

If libgsf-1 is available it will also be used though you will rarely need libgsf support. It has been added for the paradox gnumeric plugin which is also based on pxlib.

pxlib's documentation is written in docbook and needs docbook-to-man and docbook2man for building. If you do not have these two programs you can still build the library but will not have documentation.

In order to install pxlib run the following commands:

make install

Installation will be by default into /usr/local. Run ./configure --help for a list of available configuration options.

Installation on debian

Debian sarge users can apt-get from the official debian repositories. For those still using woody you need to get the Debian source package and compile it yourself.

Installation on rpm based systems

Those using an rpm based system like Fedora, SuSE, or Mandrake just try the precompiled binaries or recompile from the rpm source package. They are all available in the download section.

Installation on MS Windows™

I have heard of users being able to compile pxlib even on MS Windows™. Unfortunately, I've never managed to do it. Let me know if you know how to do it.

Latest News

Released version 0.6.6

April 07, 2016

This release fixes some more typos in the documentation.

Released version 0.6.5

Jannuary 11, 2012

pxlib isn't dead, its development has just slowed down. This release fixes some typos and optimizes the configuration process.

Released version 0.6.2

September 19, 2007

This one fixes a long lasting bug on 64 bit architectures. It also is compilable in a mingw environment and Visual C++ with the help of cmake.

Released version 0.6.1

March 29, 2006

There were some bugs related to the changes of the last release. This version fixes them. Besides that the following has changed:

  • Much better support for secondary indexes
  • PX_insert_record() and PX_update_record() treat null values propperly
  • PX_delete_record() now updates the internal index without corrupting it.
  • Various man page updates.
  • Auto increment fields of type pxfAutoInc.
  • Fixed some compile errors and warnings.
  • Fixed various small bugs and memory leaks.

Released version 0.6.0

February 6, 2006

This version includes some major changes to the api while retaining compatible to older versions. If you use the new functions expect bugs but also a much simplier record handling.

  • Databases can be read and written after opening with PX_open_xxx()
  • Use a cache for reading encrypted blobs
  • Added new functions PX_delete_record(), PX_update_record(), PX_insert_record(), PX_retrieve_record()
  • reading and writing encrypted blob files is more efficient.
  • No more than 64 blobs will be stored in blocks of type 3
  • Fixed various small bugs and memory leaks.

Released version 0.5.1

August 11, 2005

  • fixed bug when reading header of blob (Thanks to Giovanni Giacobbi)
  • fixes bug when reading blobs of a certain size from an encrypted .mb file.
  • reading and writing encrypted blob files is more efficient.

Released version 0.5.0

July 14, 2005

  • support for encrypted databases and blob files

New web site

02 Feb 05

After a long time the web site has been overhauled with much more information about pxlib.