This page describes the command line programs that can be used to create an SDB store, load data into it and to issue queries.
bin/ contains shell scripts to run the commands
from the command line. The scripts are bash scripts which also run
Set the environment variable
SDBROOT to the root of the SDB
A store description can include naming the class for the JDBC
driver. Getting a
Store object from a store description will
automatically load the JDBC driver from the classpath.
When running scripts, set the environment variable
one or more jar files for JDBC drivers. If it is more than one jar
file, use the classpath syntax for your system. You can also use
the system property
Set the environment variables
SDB_PASSWORD to the
database user name and password for JDBC.
$ export SDBROOT="/path/to/sdb $ export SDB_USER="YourDbUserName" $ export SDB_PASSWORD="YourDbPassword" $ export SDB_JDBC="/path/to/driver.jar"
They are bash scripts, and work on Linux and Cygwin for MS Windows.
$ export PATH=$SDBROOT/bin:$PATH
Alternatively, there are wrapper scripts in
can be placed in a convenient directory that is already on the
shell command path.
All commands take a SDB store description to extract the connection
and configuration information they need. This is written
SPEC in the command descriptions below but it can be
composed of several arguments as described here.
Each command then has command-specific arguments described below.
All commands support
--help to give details of named and
There are two equivalent forms of named argument syntax:
--arg=val --arg val
If this is not specified, commands load the description file sdb.ttl from the current directory.
This store description is a Jena assembler file. The description consists of two parts; a store description and a connection description.
Often, this is all that is needed to describe which store to use. The individual components of a connection or configuration can be overridden after the description have been read, before it is processed.
Store/ has example assembler files.
The full details of the assembler file is given in ‘SDB/Store Description’
The individual items of a store description can be overridden by various command arguments. The description in the assembler file is read, then any command line arguments used to modify the description, then the appropriate object is created from the modified description.
Set the layout type:
--layout : layout name
Currently, one of
Set JDBC details:
--dbName : Database Name --dbHost : Host machine name --dbType : Database type. --dbUser : Database use --dbPassword : Database password.
The host name can
The better way to handle passwords is to use environment variables SDB_USER and SDB_PASSWORD because then the user/password is not stored in a visible way.
All commands take the following arguments (although they may do nothing if they make no sense to the command).
Print timing information. Treat with care - while the timer avoids recording JVM and some class loading time, it can’t avoid all class loading. Hence, the values of timing are more meaningful on longer operations. JDBC operation times to a remote server can also be a significant proportion in short operations.
to log SQL actions on the database connection (but not the prepared statements used by the loader). Can be repeated on the command line.
sdbconfig SPEC [--create|--format|--indexes|--dropIndexes]
Setup a database.
||formats the store and sets up indexes|
||just formats the store and creates indexes for loading, not querying.|
||Create indexes for querying|
||Drop indexes for querying.|
Loading large graphs can be faster by formatting, loading the data, then building the query indexes with this command.
Truncate the store. Non-transactional. Destroys data.
sdbload SPEC FILE [FILE ...]
Load RDF data into a store using the SDB bulk loader. Data is streamed into the database and is not loaded as a single transaction.
The file’s extension is used to determine the data syntax.
To load into a named graph:
sdbload SPEC --graph=URI FILE [FILE ...]
sdbquery SPEC --query=FILE
Execute a query.
sdbprint SPEC --print=X [--sql] --query=FILE
Print details of a query.
X is any of
--print=X can be repeated. –sql is short for
–print=sql. The default is
sdbtest SPEC MANIFEST
Execute a test manifest file. The manifest of all query tests,
which will test connection and loading of data, is in
sdbdump SPEC --out=SYNTAX
Dump the contents of a store N-TRIPLES or a given serialization
format (usual Jena syntax names, e.g.
Only suitable for data sizes that fit in memory. All output syntaxes that do some form of pretty printing will need additional space for their internal datastructures.
sdbsql SPEC [ --file=FILE | SQL string ]
Execute a SQL command on the store, using the connection details
from the store specification. The SQL command either comes from
FILE or the command line as a string.
Details of a store.
sdbmeta SPEC --out=SYNTAX
Do things with the meta graphs of a store.
sdbscript SPEC FILE
Execute a script. Currently only JRuby is supported.
sdbtuple SPEC [--create|--print|--drop|--truncate] tableName
Many of the tables used within SDB are tuples of RDF nodes. This command allows low-level access to these tuple tables. Misuse of this command can corrupt the store.