[DB-SIG] dbf files and compact indices

Ethan Furman ethan at stoneleaf.us
Sun Sep 19 06:51:56 CEST 2010

Dennis Lee Bieber wrote:
> On Sat, 18 Sep 2010 10:44:06 -0700, Ethan Furman <ethan at stoneleaf.us>
> declaimed the following in gmane.comp.python.general:
>>I have a pure-python module to read db3 and vfp 6 dbf files, and I find 
>>that I need to read (and write) the idx and cdx index files that foxpro 
>>generates.  We are in the process of switching from homegrown foxpro 
>>apps to homegrown python apps, but I have to support the foxpro file 
>>formats until the switch is complete.  Once I have the index files down, 
>>I'll publish another release of it (an older version can be found on PyPI).
> 	Seems odd that you'd have to do all that low-level processing... Do
> you have the VFP ODBC driver on the systems? That would permit just
> using ODBC queries to operate on the data.

Hmmm.  I may look at that.  When I first started this project, I was 
brand new to Python and unaware of all the cool stuff out there.  It was 
a great learning project -- iterators, magic methods, emulating 
sequences and attributes, properties, class methods, inheritence, 
packages... it has been quite an adventure!

It's probably a safe bet that I don't /need/ to, but I certainly /want/ 
to.  It would be a finished project, and a sense of accomplishment.

Thanks for the suggestion.

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