best small database?

Larry Bates larry.bates at
Mon Sep 11 16:13:27 CEST 2006

David Isaac wrote:
> I have no experience with database applications.
> This database will likely hold only a few hundred items,
> including both textfiles and binary files.
> I would like a pure Python solution to the extent reasonable.
> Suggestions?
> Thank you,
> Alan Isaac
If they are files, just use the filesyatem, you don't need a
database.  If you need multiple indexes into these files, then
use a database, but only for the indexes that point to the
files on the filesystem.  The filesystem is almost always the
most efficient place to store files, not as blobs in a

The answer about which database depends on your target
platform but you could consider gadfly.

-Larry Bates

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