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Python bindings for the SQLite4 LSM database.

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Fast Python bindings for [SQLite4's LSM key/value store](>).


* Embedded zero-conf database.
* Keys support in-order traversal using cursors.
* Transactional (including nested transactions).
* Single writer/multiple reader MVCC based transactional concurrency model.
* On-disk database stored in a single file.
* Data is durable in the face of application or power failure.
* Thread-safe.
* Python 2.x and 3.x


* Not tested on Windoze.

The source for Python lsm-db is [hosted on GitHub](

If you encounter any bugs in the library, please [open an issue](, including a description of the bug and any related traceback.

## Quick-start

Below is a sample interactive console session designed to show some of the basic features and functionality of the ``lsm-db`` Python library. Also check out the [API documentation](

To begin, instantiate a `LSM` object, specifying a path to a database file.


>>> from lsm import LSM
>>> db = LSM('test.ldb')

### Key/Value Features

`lsm-db` is a key/value store, and has a dictionary-like API:


>>> db['foo'] = 'bar'
>>> print db['foo']

>>> for i in range(4):
... db['k%s' % i] = str(i)

>>> 'k3' in db
>>> 'k4' in db

>>> del db['k3']
>>> db['k3']
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "<stdin>", line 1, in <module>
File "lsm.pyx", line 973, in lsm.LSM.__getitem__ (lsm.c:7142)
File "lsm.pyx", line 777, in lsm.LSM.fetch (lsm.c:5756)
File "lsm.pyx", line 778, in lsm.LSM.fetch (lsm.c:5679)
File "lsm.pyx", line 1289, in (lsm.c:12122)
File "lsm.pyx", line 1311, in (lsm.c:12008)
KeyError: 'k3'

By default when you attempt to look up a key, ``lsm-db`` will search for an exact match. You can also search for the closest key, if the specific key you are searching for does not exist:


>>> from lsm import SEEK_LE, SEEK_GE
>>> db['k1xx', SEEK_LE] # Here we will match "k1".
>>> db['k1xx', SEEK_GE] # Here we will match "k2".

`LSM` supports other common dictionary methods such as:

* `keys()`
* `values()`
* `update()`

### Slices and Iteration

The database can be iterated through directly, or sliced. When you are slicing the database the start and end keys need not exist -- ``lsm-db`` will find the closest key (details can be found in the [LSM.fetch_range()]( documentation).


>>> [item for item in db]
[('foo', 'bar'), ('k0', '0'), ('k1', '1'), ('k2', '2')]

>>> db['k0':'k99']
<generator object at 0x7f2ae93072f8>

>>> list(db['k0':'k99'])
[('k0', '0'), ('k1', '1'), ('k2', '2')]

You can use open-ended slices. If the lower- or upper-bound is outside the range of keys an empty list is returned.


>>> list(db['k0':])
[('k0', '0'), ('k1', '1'), ('k2', '2')]

>>> list(db[:'k1'])
[('foo', 'bar'), ('k0', '0'), ('k1', '1')]

>>> list(db[:'aaa'])

To retrieve keys in reverse order, simply use a higher key as the first parameter of your slice. If you are retrieving an open-ended slice, you can specify ``True`` as the ``step`` parameter of the slice.


>>> list(db['k1':'aaa']) # Since 'k1' > 'aaa', keys are retrieved in reverse:
[('k1', '1'), ('k0', '0'), ('foo', 'bar')]

>>> list(db['k1'::True]) # Open-ended slices specify True for step:
[('k1', '1'), ('k0', '0'), ('foo', 'bar')]

You can also **delete** slices of keys, but note that the delete **will not** include the keys themselves:


>>> del db['k0':'k99']

>>> list(db) # Note that 'k0' still exists.
[('foo', 'bar'), ('k0', '0')]

### Cursors

While slicing may cover most use-cases, for finer-grained control you can use cursors for traversing records.


>>> with db.cursor() as cursor:
... for key, value in cursor:
... print key, '=>', value
foo => bar
k0 => 0

>>> db.update({'k1': '1', 'k2': '2', 'k3': '3'})

>>> with db.cursor() as cursor:
... cursor.first()
... print cursor.key()
... cursor.last()
... print cursor.key()
... cursor.previous()
... print cursor.key()

>>> with db.cursor() as cursor:
...'k0', SEEK_GE)
... print list(cursor.fetch_until('k99'))
[('k0', '0'), ('k1', '1'), ('k2', '2'), ('k3', '3')]

It is very important to close a cursor when you are through using it. For this reason, it is recommended you use the `LSM.cursor()` context-manager, which ensures the cursor is closed properly.

### Transactions

``lsm-db`` supports nested transactions. The simplest way to use transactions is with the `LSM.transaction()` method, which doubles as a context-manager or decorator.


>>> with db.transaction() as txn:
... db['k1'] = '1-mod'
... with db.transaction() as txn2:
... db['k2'] = '2-mod'
... txn2.rollback()
>>> print db['k1'], db['k2']
1-mod 2

You can commit or roll-back transactions part-way through a wrapped block:


>>> with db.transaction() as txn:
... db['k1'] = 'outer txn'
... txn.commit() # The write is preserved.
... db['k1'] = 'outer txn-2'
... with db.transaction() as txn2:
... db['k1'] = 'inner-txn' # This is commited after the block ends.
... print db['k1'] # Prints "inner-txn".
... txn.rollback() # Rolls back both the changes from txn2 and the preceding write.
... print db['k1']
1 <- Return value from call to commit().
inner-txn <- Printed after end of txn2.
True <- Return value of call to rollback().
outer txn <- Printed after rollback.

If you like, you can also explicitly call `LSM.begin()`, `LSM.commit()`, and `LSM.rollback()`.


>>> db.begin()
>>> db['foo'] = 'baze'
>>> print db['foo']
>>> db.rollback()
>>> print db['foo']

### Reading more

For more information, check out the project's documentation, hosted at readthedocs:

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