[Loadstone] Program mklsdb - make Loadstone database

Grzegorz Zlotowicz grzezlo at wp.pl
Sat May 30 21:32:52 BST 2009

I finished an internal test few days earlier than i planned, and it's time to present the program to the community...
This version is experimental, so rather dedicated not for a beginner computer or Loadstone or phone users...
Mklsdb can be downloaded from:

Below is a readme file, which explains the installation and usage of this tool:
Program: mklsdb (make Loadstone Database)

Author: Grzegorz Zlotowicz (grzezlo at wp.pl)

Version: 0.1 (experimental)

License: Freeware.

Author takes no responsibility for improper usage or work of this program.

Mklsdb is a program to generate a binary database for a Loadstone GPS.

It requires the external dbshell program, (version 1.1) available on the internet at:



Unzip the dbshell program to some empty directory, for example c:\dbshell.

Then, unzip the mklsdb.zip in the same folder as dbshell.exe.

Make sure, that mklsdb.exe and emptyldb.dat are unzipped.


1. Prepare a Loadstone import text file, downloadable for example from the Point Share Exchange website.

2. Convert this file into plain Ascii (no ansi, no utf-8, only 7-bit ASCII)!

3. Run the mklsdb program from any directory, giving as an argument the import file name, for example:

c:\dbshell\mklsdb.exe c:\loadstone databases\some data.txt

4. The short beep will be heart, signing the start of the import.

In the same time in the current working directory a file named ls.db will be created.

Mklsdb produces no output messages, only error messages in case of troubles.

Be carefull not to press any keys as arrows, letters and so on, because this can spoil one or more lines which mklsdb sends to the dbshell program.

You can switch into an other window safely.

Look at the ls.db file during the process, the growth of the file size will give you an idea of the import progress.

When import will finish, the next short beep sound will be generated.

5. Note that the file size of the database is now few times smaller than during import - it's because of "compact database" operation.

6. Now manually rename the ls.db result file into some name more significant to you, and then copy it into the loadstone "databases" directory.

Any comments will be appreciated.

Greetings, Greg.
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