Berkeley DB Reference Guide:
Building Berkeley DB for UNIX systems


Mac OS X

  1. I cannot use the Java API on Mac OS X.

    The Berkeley DB configuration and build procedure is unable to dynamically load some libraries on Mac OS X. This restriction is expected to be removed in future Berkeley DB releases.

    There is a workaround for Java. Mac OS X normally requires Java loadable libraries to end with a .jnilib extension. Libtool, used by our build procedure, does not support this extension. To work around this, you must add a -D option to your Java command line to specify the complete pathname of the installed library:

    % java -Dsleepycat.db.libfile=/full/path/to/

  2. I cannot run the test suite on Mac OS X.

    The Mac OS X 10.1 and 10.2 Developer Tools installer will optionally install one additional package called simply, "BSD SDK". That package contains the additional parts of the TCL distribution required to configure, compile and run the Berkeley DB test suite. The Berkeley DB configuration step will need the flag "--with-tcl=/System/Library/Tcl/8.3" added to the arguments in order to locate the now installed TCL distribution.


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