small, fast and cross-platform flat-file database for python

Peter Hansen peter at
Fri Nov 21 19:56:12 CET 2003

Eric Baker wrote:
> "Peter Hansen" <peter at> schrieb im Newsbeitrag
> news:3FBE4940.BD960E76 at
> > mir nazim wrote:
> > >
> > > i want to know if there is any flat-file relational database system
> >                                  ^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^^^^^^
> >
> > I'm no database expert, but aren't these two terms contradictory in
> > some important way?
> >
> > -Peter
> Depends what your definition if the word "is" is :)
> In my early perl days, i used a simple text file based SQL "database".
> Now with Python, i would probably use SQLite, which isnt exactly a "flat
> text file", but still a nice lightweight database for *nix and win32 IMHO.

I thought it depended more on the definition of "relational", which I
understood to refer to operations such as "joins" between different
tables.  I suppose it could just be operations between different
searches of the same table, however, in which case I suppose it's
a valid term.


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