Subject Re: [firebird-support] Re: is Firebird the good or wrong choice ?
Author Lester Caine
Alan McDonald wrote:
>>> You thought that your application is full of errors and because of
>> this
>>> database is corrupt?
>>> Just a hint!
>> not sure to understand what yu mean, but if you mean that our
>> application is buggy and this why the database is corrupt i answer what
>> this @#&% ! ( sorry helene, but at less now i have encoded the bad word
>> ;) ? even if our application was full of errors, why index can be
>> corrupted? why the database himself can be corrupted ? why the firebird
>> server can Crash ? why the Firebird server can freeze ? as you know
>> probably application not discuss directly with firebird but with
>> fbclient.dll API ! so no application full of errors can crash an
>> server...
>> also this what i don't like, i soon as we say something is wrong in the
>> engine, most of the time the simple answer we receive is that it's
>> because of us (your application is buggy, you do something wrong, your
>> misunderstanding, etc..) ... even philipe in some past time suggest us
>> to go in some NoSQL database ! cold in the back when we know who is
>> phillipe :(
>> just a hint
>> stephane
> I'm not going to tell you it's your application's fault.
> But I can say that I have one system which has a 5Gb Firebird database on 4
> servers which replicate to each other. They are all used 24x7 for a call
> centre up to 30 simultaneous users (multiple connections for each) and the
> phones can run red hot at times. The databases log themselves so data grows
> quite rapidly (IBLogManager) and then I export and expunge logs to external
> DB every 6 months.
> 144 tables, 45 views. 624 triggers 113 generators 347 indices.
> The system runs on windows server 2003.
> FB version 2.1.4 snapshot to avoid blob transliteration and memory loss bug
> I monitor the 4 servers with Sinatica.
> The system has been running in this form for 5 years and a lesser form since
> 1997.
> And: I do not suffer the issues you are relating here. So there must be
> something, which produces your frustration, which should be able to be
> eliminated. If you are patient enough and thorough enough, here, the issue
> could be resolved.
> I am more than happy with performance and stability of Firebird. My clients
> have never had reason to question its choice.
> I certainly do not suffer crashes and server freezes as you report so what
> could be the reason for my success and your frustration? Do you want to get
> to the bottom of this rationally?

And I'm running various versions of firebird across a number of customer sites
with a setup that requires very fast response. The only problem I get is with
occasional hickup's due to the customers network being over loaded. But I have
never had a corruption in the database that could not be explained, and the I
can count the problem ones on one hand. Half of the were operator error, and the
others dead machines ;)

Lester Caine - G8HFL
Contact -
L.S.Caine Electronic Services -
EnquirySolve -
Model Engineers Digital Workshop -
Firebird -