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Getting started with php and InterBase - Page 2

by: Yves Glodt
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February 12, 2002

Getting and installing InterBase
InterBase 6.01 can be downloaded here: http://www.borland.com/devsupport/interbase/opensource/
For Linux, two versions exist:
  • The Classic Server
  • The Super Server

The Classic Server

(From the website)
Prior to version V4.1.0 of InterBase, the server was designed in a way that is now called the Classic Architecture. In this design, each client connection to the server spawns a separate process. Each process does I/O directly to the database files, and negotiates access to the database files by interprocess communication methods like semaphores. Each of these server processes also keeps a cache of database pages in its own address space. When a connection terminates, the process that was spawned for it also terminates. The process' termination causes the memory that it allocated to be freed.

The Super Server

(From the website)
Version V4.2.X introduced a new server model called "superserver". The superserver model is a thread-based approach. This means that there is one process and a pool of threads to handle remote connections. So, for each remote connection threads are used to manage the connection, opposed to a new process in the classic model. The memory deallocation problem becomes more of an issue with the superserver model because of the server process never terminating. When a connection terminates the associated thread is placed back in the thread pool or terminated. However, neither of these actions affects the memory allocated, because memory allocation is process-based not thread- based.

In Linux, the super-server-rpm (InterBaseSS_LI-V6.0-1.i386.rpm) always worked fine for me.
For Windows, I chose InterBase_WI-V6.0.1-server.ZIP.
According to a reply from the ibsupport mailing-list, no security patches are needed, they are already included in 6.01.

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