The databases configuration file is a site-wide configuration
file containing the list of GNATS databases that are available either
on the host itself or remotely over the network, together with some
parameters associated with each database. It is located in the
The file contains one line for each database. For databases located on
the host itself, each line consists of three fields separated by
database name:short description:/path/to/database
The first field is the database name. This is the name used to
identify the database when invoking programs such as query-pr or
send-pr, either by using the --database option of the
program or by setting the GNATSDB environment variable to the
name of the database. The second field is a short human-readable
description of the database contents, and the final field is the
directory where the database contents are kept.
For a database that is located across a network, but which should be
accessible from this host, the entry for the database should look
database name:short description of database::hostname:port
The first two fields are the same as for local databases, the third
field is empty (notice the two adjacent : symbols, indicating an
empty field), the fourth field is the hostname of the remote GNATS
server, and the fifth field is the port number that the remote
GNATS server is running on.
Note that if you add a new local database, you must create its data
directory, including appropriate subdirectories and administrative
files after adding an entry to databases. This is best done
using the mkdb tool.
Lines beginning with a # are ignored.
The database name default is special; this is the entry used if
no database name is specified via a --database option or the
GNATSDB environment variable.
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