in reply to Perl/mySQL question
What you might try is keeping an incremental log of each completed transaction (yes, I believe MySQL only allows "transactions", properly so-called, via a somewhat hackish maneuver at the moment -- so read this as "UPDATE, INSERT or DELETE") that's been issued since the last time your script ran; presumably, this means you'll have to have access to the apps that are used for updating the internal database so they can write the logs. And be prepared to learn all about file locking, too, because you'll want the updaters to be unable to add to the file when you're reading from it to do the updates (any updates recorded while the script is running will have to go to some sort of temp file ... and thinking about the concurrency issues is making my head spin) ... Or maybe MySQL can do this on its own (I'm pretty sure Oracle etc. has such a facility).
Then you simply issue those SQL commands to the publically accessible DB and ba da bing!
Hope that's workable ..
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