I don't know much about DBM and MLDBM files but I do know a few
methods other methods for persistant data structures.
- Data::Dumper - This module generates a
string representation of your data structure like your one
above which you can write to a text file and restore with
require or eval.
- Storable - This module serializes your data
structure making a binary representation of it and includes
functions for storing and retriving from files. It has the
advantage over Data::Dumper in that its stored structures
use much less disk space.
- XML::Dumper - This module produces a XML
representation of your stucture but since it uses elements
such as <HASH> and <ARRAY> it doesn't make much
sense from a non-perl perspective.
- XML::Simple - This module produces a file like
XML::Dumper but doesn't use perl conventions/identities/names.
You may want to research these a bit more, but any of them
will probably suit most needs with a minimum of hassle.
There are probably more than I can't think of at the moment