[Allegro] Structure of .ald file ?

Sylvain Machefert smachefert at gmail.com
Do Aug 26 10:36:42 CEST 2010

Great !!!!
I just used srch.exe to export records, it seems to give me all what I need.
I just reencoded it using :
iconv -f cp850 -t utf8 DUMP.TXT > DUMP_utf.txt

and now, I just have to write a script to parse this file.

Thanks Thomas for these informations, I think I would have lost a lot of
time looking for this command without you !


2010/8/25 Thomas Berger <ThB at gymel.com>

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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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