[Allegro] Structure of .ald file ?

Thomas Berger ThB at Gymel.com
Mi Aug 25 18:23:38 CEST 2010

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Hello Sylvain,

Am 25.08.2010 17:00, schrieb Sylvain Machefert:
> Hi,
> thanks for these informations. Export to external format seems to be what I
> need. I've installed a recent demo version (allegro-C DEMO V28.8) and was
> able to export demo database like this, it's what I need. But I've tried to
> go through the menus of my user interface (which looks like this :
> http://twitpic.com/2i1xhp ) and couldn't find anything allowing me to export
> (except the iso 2709 export I had already seen).

Thanks for the pic, this is obiously the adaption of the standard format $A.CFG
for the Goethe Institutes. Heinrich Allers, who developed this version, is
a regular on this list so he might jump in any time... As far as I know this
format has in its bibliographic fields no major deviations from the standard
format as documented on the allegro-C home page but is quite elaborate with
respect to administrative data (circulation, acquisition) and especially
the administrative records it employs for this purpose. If you should need
to convert these records you will definitively need documentation provided
by the source.

> But in my allegro directory I've many E-*.apr files. Not E-1.apr but things
> like E-GI13.APR, E-W.APR ...

E-W.APR should give you the same thing (almost) CP1252 (Windows Latin 1)
encoded. However there may be uncommon codings for accented capital letters
(Heinrich Allers is famous for his generosity to endow any single installation
with a character coding of its own fitting the local needs :-(

> I also have many .exe and .bat. do you think there's a way to export using a
> command line tool ?

Sure: With 99% certainity you have something like SRCH.EXE in the Program folder
("ProgDir") of the installation. On the command line you should be able to
execute the following from within this folder (paths and names extracted from
the screen dump you provided):

srch -f6 -d*c:\allegro\katalog\goe_* -kagoe1 -m0 -v0 -eE-W/dump.txt

(go through the database "goe" in c:\allegro\katalog and export it with
E-W.APR to dump.txt)

Hope this helps
Thomas Berger
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