SDB Databases Now LAN Savvy

Rob Cozens rcozens at
Tue Oct 22 12:33:37 EDT 2002

Hi All,

Serendipity Library Update 20021021 is now available at

In this update a stack's sdbFile property maintains the full path to 
the database and openSDBFile logic will now search the calling 
stack's folder and (on Windows platforms) 
specialFolderPath("Documents") before prompting the user to find a 
missing database.

This was done (a) to prevent an application from losing its db if the 
folder they resided in is moved or renamed and (b) to deal with 
thoses Windows installations where the folder containing the calling 
app cannot be updated by the user.

A little serendipity (my favorite thing in life) came out of this 
update as well: SDBs can now be accessed over LANs and will support 
multi-user, read-only access.

This update is backward-compatible--openSDBFile will automatically 
update calling stacks & SDB's whose sdbFile property is not a full 
path name.

If you have previously downloaded a Serendipity Library file bundle, 
you need only download & decompress Serendipity Library.rev.sgz and 
English Reference Text.sdb.sgz.

A future update will remove the restriction that Serendipity 
Library.rev reside in the same folder as the calling 
stack/standalone, as this potentially prohibits Windows users from 
loading or creating new message translation files.

Rob Cozens
CCW, Serendipity Software Company

"And I, which was two fooles, do so grow three;
Who are a little wise, the best fooles bee."

from "The Triple Foole" by John Donne (1572-1631)

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