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Re: Anyone knows how to do dvd/book collection management in Emacs?

From: Tim X
Subject: Re: Anyone knows how to do dvd/book collection management in Emacs?
Date: Sun, 01 Apr 2007 14:49:14 +1000
User-agent: Gnus/5.11 (Gnus v5.11) Emacs/22.0.95 (gnu/linux)

Chris McMahan <address@hidden> writes:

> You might want to take a look at the Emacs Database Package edb.
> It's not been maintained for some time, but it might prove helpful
> You can find it at 
> Someone else suggested a plain text file. I can see the value in this,
> combined especially with some type of folding program. I've recently
> become enthusiastic about a package called allout, which I'm using for
> storying lists of all sorts. I'm even combining it with the
> jka-compr-ccrypt package to store encrypted files with my passwords in
> it.
> You can find out about allout at 
> - Chris
> CHENG Gao <address@hidden> writes:
>> I wanna manage my dvd collection and books in Emacs. Just I got idea how
>> to do this. The first thing coming to my mind is ebib
>> ( Just it can only operate on a pre-created bib
>> file. I need to grab an existed bib file to use with ebib.
>> Please shed light on me which app to use or where to grab bib file for
>> dvd (movie) and book collections.
>> TIA,
>> CHENG Gao

BBDB is a contacts database that integrates well with various mail and news
reading programs for Emacs. Its not what you want for a DVD collection
management app.

As mentionned, there is edb (the emacs database) which is fairly easy to use.
While it may not be actively maintained, I do rmember seeing some posts from
someone who was doing some work on it and I think the Debian version of this
package is built from that work. 

You also have emacs forms, which would allow you to create a quite powerful
interface for managing your data. I think it can use either plain files or a
berkley style db (but you need to check that). 

I do seem to remember someone posting a mode to do this to the emacs sources
group. Maybe try and find an archive of that group and have a look. Likewise,
check out the elisp packages listed on the emacs wiki at 

Emacs 22 comes with SES (Simple Emacs Spreadsheet), which you could probably
use as well. There is a version of SES you can get for emacs 21 (again, see the
emacs wiki)=================================================

The other alternative is to use something like bibtex and the emacs bibtex mode
to manage your DVD info. 


tcross (at) rapttech dot com dot au

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