I would suggest using a database and going with sqlite (www.sqlite.org).
Very fast, very easy to use.  Single file database.

Also, in the future if need be you could easily migrate to another db system
if need be.

Greg B.

"Sven Schott" <sven_schott / compnow.com.au> wrote in message
news:17CE3692-B365-11D8-A071-000A9571732E / compnow.com.au...
> I am writing a very simple web based file/asset manager. I was
> initially thinking of simply creating a database with the info on each
> file and keeping the files in the filesystem. However, I have begun to
> wonder if having the files in a database would be faster(or slower).
> Has anybody had any experience with this sort of thing? Would large
> databases slow things down? Should I just keep stuff on the filesystem?
> I have had some issues on the DB with encoding types. I probably
> wouldn't want to base64 encode everything. ;)
>
> Any suggestions would be appreciated.
>
> Regards
>
>
> Sven Schott
>
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