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 Subdividing a Database on a Shared Unix Server 
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Post Subdividing a Database on a Shared Unix Server
At the time (up to July 8, 2007), this subject existed only in the realm of theoretical computer science. We were told that it was possible, "in theory", and then the tech, who acknowledged this "theory", spent the next several minutes distancing both himself and his employer, from it.

Yet, as those who were following our case knew, we had an old problematic message board (original "The Performance of a Lifetime") which needed replacing (at least, that was our current conclusion).

To get to that position, we had consulted with many people, who should have been experts, in the field. Yet, they were either stumped or living in denial and refusing to talk with us.

So, essentially, by July 8, 2007, we were on our own and had to make a decision - which, due to our circumstance, amounted to nothing more than just a 'best-guess'.

"The Performance of a Lifetime" was located on a shared UNIX server and, after many inquiries, we were told, by the host company's tech, that no account could have more than one database, on that server.

So, we asked if we could subdivide our existing database.

After a while, the firm's tech returned and said that, according to his supervisor, such "was possible, in theory". Then, as mentioned, above, he spent the next while distancing himself and his employer, from that suggestion.

So, with no other options available to us, while that tech was still denying complicity, we went ahead and tested the theory, under hopes that it would create a new table in our existing database - and it did!

That is why you are able to read this article and post new ones, etc., at this new "The Performance of a Lifetime".

How did we do it?

In this replacement board's installation panel, we assigned, to the database, a new prefix code; we added an additional character (the digit "2") to the default (which was the prefix, for the old board).

That is how we subdivided a database on a shared unix server.

...And everyone was pleasantly-surprised

...and relieved!

- mac

Tue Jul 31, 2007 10:59 am
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