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DBA - This module is just a placeholder on the top level DBA namespace.


Do not use this module directly. It currently does absolutely nothing. I don't expect it will do anything any time soon either.


This module is here only as a place holder and to describe the intended purpose of modules that should be found under it. It may some day provide some extremely basic methods, config handling or such that it turns out are common to most projects under it, but it's unlikely there will be much in common.

This name space root was decided on as a result of discussions on the module-authors mailing list at <> regarding my MySQL backup project originally proposed as MySQL::Backup. (

There was moderate interest in the module on concept. A few people were interested in seeing the module become a base package for backing up other RDBMS types as well. After a little thinking I concluded this was something I could reasonably achieve, and so I suggested the DBA top name space with my project falling under DBA::Backup. Tim Bunce responded (excerpted):

"... a DBA namespace sounds reasonable as a home for cross-database DBA support modules. I'd recommend a structure like this:

  DBA::<activity>                           -- front-end module
  DBA::<activity>::*                        -- support modules
  DBA::<activity>::Plugin::<databasename>   -- back-end modules


You'll either end up with a lowest-common-denominator approach that has too little functionality, or have so many database-specific flags an options and whatnot that there's little benefit in having a "common API".

Having said that, I'd be happy to see this happen if it did :)"

So here it is. I decided not to bother with ::Plugin portion, at least in the Backup project, since all activities in this area will require RDBMS specific drivers and, unlike DBI drivers, they will not be in a separate namespace. Have fun, and I hope you find something useful in here!



Original version, just documentation.


Added mailing list information.


The mailing list for the DBA modules is See to subscribe.


Sean Quinlan, <>


Copyright (C) 2004 by Sean Quinlan

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