Once a database handle has been created using db_create, there are several standard access method operations. Each of these operations is performed using a method referred to by the returned handle. Generally, the database will be opened using DB->open. If the database is from an old release of Berkeley DB, it may need to be upgraded to the current release before it is opened using DB->upgrade.
Once a database has been opened, records may be retrieved (DB->get), stored (DB->put), and deleted (DB->del).
Additional operations supported by the database handle include statistics (DB->stat), truncation (DB->truncate), version upgrade (DB->upgrade), verification and salvage (DB->verify), flushing to a backing file (DB->sync), and association of secondary indices (DB->associate). Database handles are eventually closed using DB->close.
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