3.1. Making the Database
The DBM databases can be built offline with the offline command. The directory to be used for output is specified either on the command line with the -d option, or is taken from the catalog.cfg directive OfflineDir -- offline in the catalog directory by default. The directory must exist. The source ASCII files should be present in that directory, and the DBM files are created there. Existing files will be overwritten.
offline -c catalog [-d offline_dir]
Do a perldoc VENDROOT/bin/offline for full documentation.