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This is a time-based rolling object database. The purpose of the database is to store binary objects over time and automatically delete the oldest records when the maximum file size is reached.

This library is used in the OpenALPR software to store image files, and remove the oldest files once a maximum disk quota is achieved.

Using an LMDB database is more efficient for this purpose especially for a large number of files.
When the database reaches 100k+ files, many file systems tend to become very slow when listing and deleting those files. LMDB, by comparison, stores files quickly regardless of the database size. The files are chunked into relatively large file sizes (e.g., 1GB), so a large number of files can be deleted virtually instantaneously.

Each file is indexed by a UUID that contains an epoch time (in milliseconds).

This is a rolling buffer of lmdb databases that contain the images. The archive is given a maximum size, and a location to store the images. It writes database files and cuts them off at one gigabyte. As time progresses and the max size is exceeded, the oldest database files are deleted.

LMDB is the database engine. Files are named: [epoch_start].mdb

key = uuid for image

epoch start is the time for the very first image in the archive

Once a database file reaches 1GB, it is no longer written to, and we start a new one.

On reads: Request for image site-id-epoch_time.jpg

  • Parse the epoch time
  • Look for the last database that has an epoch time before the image. open it and read the image.

Compile Instructions (Linux):

  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install libre2-dev libtclap-dev liblmdb-dev
  • mkdir build
  • cmake ..
  • make

Test program (rdb_write, rdb_read):

The test programs demonstrate the use of the library. You can add or retrieve binary data by key.

The format for the keys are: [arbitrary name]-[epoch_time_ms]

Once you add more data than the current database file can hold, it will create a new database file. Once the maximum total file size has been achieved, the database will delete the oldest files (by epoch time).

For example, to write and read a file:

./rdb_write ./
./rdb_read -o /tmp/testout ./


RollingDB is licensed under the terms of the GNU Lesser GPL (LGPL)


RollingDB Storage Library




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