Subject Re: [firebird-support] Is it save to append some data at end of the binary firebird database fil e?
Author Mark Rotteveel
That is very dangerous to do, the same bytes might be reused differently in a newer ODS. Either use a normal Firebird table to store version info, or do it outside of the database. Do not hack things in the internal structure.


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Van: "Fabiano Kureck fabiano@... [firebird-support]" <>
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Onderwerp: [firebird-support] Is it save to append some data at end of the binary firebird database file?
Datum: vr, dec. 4, 2015 11:08

What you can do is inspect Firebird structure and search for an unused area.
Documentation about this can be found at

By example if you check

Pag_checksum: Two bytes, unsigned. Bytes 0x02 - 0x03. Checksum for the whole page. No longer used, always 12345, 0x3039. Databases using ODS8 on Windows NT do have a valid checksum here.

You can use this safely (?)

Em 03/12/2015 22:19, Christian G├╝tter news@... [firebird-support] escreveu:

Mark Rotteveel wrote:

> On Windows, all files can have alternative streams with additional
> data. It is a form of hidden metadata that is attached to the main filename.

True, but the alternate data streams get lost when the file is stored
on a non-NTFS drive, sent via FTP/E-Mail etc. So depending on how the
software of the OP is released, this might not work well.

Anyway, rereading the original post, I realized that he is looking for
a platform independent solution, so my focus on Windows did not help