>>>>> "F" == Fritz Heinrichmeyer <fritz.heinrichmeyer / fernuni-hagen.de> writes:

F> Sorry for the noise, the dbm interface works, it only seems to insist on
F> filename ending in ".db". My file had no such ending, so dbm module
F> created a new empty database. Is this behavior built into the c library
F> or into the interface code (i know i could read the source)? 

 C library. For example on Solaris

moulon% ls aa*
aa*: No such file or directory
moulon% ruby -rdbm -e 'DBM.new "aa"'
moulon% ls aa*
aa.dir   aa.pag
moulon% 


Guy Decoux