On Nov 9, 2:37     
> On Nov 9, 11:45  ﮮ 
>
> > I've been scripting in Ruby (and Rails) for about two years now, but
> > have never gotten into the internals of the module/gem side. I've
> > created a Ruby script using SQLite3 which works well for small data
> > sets but has a performance issue when dealing with a large amount of
> > data. I'm hoping to try theBerkeleyDB.
>
> > To start, the environment is the following.
>
> > Windows XP
> >BerkeleyDB4.8.24
> > ruby .8.6-27 (http://rubyinstaller.org)
> > devkit-3.4.5r3-20090411 (http://rubyinstaller.org/addons.html)
> > bdb-0.6.5
>
> That will not work.
>
> DevKit has been prepared to work with newer RubyInstaller releases,
> not the old One-Click ones. That is because One-Click has been
> compiled with VC6 and RubyInstaller with GCC, Ruby needs to use the
> same compiler.
>
> Using the correct version of Ruby with the DevKit will allow you use --
> with-db-dir option pointing to the root of the compiled BDB libraries
> (which seems you didn't extract or installed).
>
> So, first:
>
> * Get the proper Ruby and DevKit
> * Get BDB binaries and development dependencies
> * Unpack them in a directory you remember
> * Unpack the bdb extension
> * Proceed with extconf and the proper compilation options.
>
> HTH,
> --
> Luis Lavena

Thanks  a lot Luis! Giving it a try. Will post results.

Dave