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Re: [bug-recutils] Deprecate recinf ?

From: John Darrington
Subject: Re: [bug-recutils] Deprecate recinf ?
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 2012 08:51:07 +0000
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On Thu, Aug 09, 2012 at 10:31:51AM +0200, Micha?? Mas??owski wrote:
     > It seems to me, that recinf is almost redundant.
     > The few things it can do, that recsel cannot could be quite easily
     > fixed I think.
     I haven't thought that recsel can be used for it (I use it to access
     records, not record set data like descriptors).  SQL systems have
     separate commands to show the table schemas, recinf might have a similar

the SQL language itself has a different syntax, but (at least in the case of
Postgres) there is no fundamental internal difference between the data and the 
     Both tools have largely different implementation and recinf could be
     easily extended to use an index file without reading any non-descriptor
     records from the recfile (recsel would need much special-casing to not
     do a query and use the same code as recinf).

I'm not familiar with the code, but aren't descriptors just a record set?

So one could allow the descriptors to be retrieved with a call like
recsel --type=% <file> 
or similar.

... just an idea ...

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