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>> much discussion omitted. I'm not familiar with use cases for all of these alternatives, so it is difficult for me to judge if they are worth the complexity. Whatever is done, it is critical that no current API change, and that all existing programs work without change. In particular, no matter what index is selected at create (and no matter how you decided to store it), it must be possible to iterate by name, and this must be the default behavior. This requiremnt is probably implicit in the previous discussion, so my remarks may be redundant. -- Robert E. McGrath National Center for Supercomputing Applications University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Champaign, Illinois 61820 (217)-333-6549 mcgrath@xxxxxxxxxxxxx