new backend integration

Stephen Weeks
Thu, 22 Jun 2000 13:39:26 -0700 (PDT)

Matt, I've integrated the stuff you sent me and successfully passed
all the regression tests and a self-compile.  Good job!  The
performance problems are still there (not due to your changes) and I'm
looking into them.  Let me know when you want it, and I will make a
snapshot available which should be sufficiently stable for the rest of
your summer work.