GNU Recutils is a set of tools and libraries to access human-editable, plain text databases called recfiles. The data is stored as a sequence of records, each record containing an arbitrary number of named fields. The picture below shows a sample database containing information about GNU packages, along with the main features provided by recutils.
Rich Type System for Fields
Advanced database facilities
Converters from/to other formats
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Advanced Emacs mode
Integration with org-mode
Complete user manual
A video with a talk introducing the program can be found here.
An older video, which was recorded just before releasing the first version, can be downloaded from here
If you want to discuss about recutils, some of the people involved in GNU recutils use to be in the #recutils channel in the irc.freenode.net IRC network. You are more than welcome to join.
GNU recutils can be found on the main GNU ftp server: http://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/recutils/ (via HTTP) and ftp://ftp.gnu.org/gnu/recutils/ (via FTP). It can also be found on the GNU mirrors; please use a mirror if possible.
Additionally there are binary packages for some GNU/Linux distributions.
If you know of some other binary distribution of GNU recutils please get in touch with the maintainer.
Take a look to our Frequently Asked Questions section.
Documentation for Recutils is available online, as is documentation for most GNU software. You can find more information about Recutils by running info recutils or by looking at /usr/doc/recutils/, /usr/local/doc/recutils/, or similar directories on your system.
The main discussion list is <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and is used to discuss most aspects of recutils, including development and enhancement requests, as well as bug reports.
There is a separate list for general user help and discussion, <email@example.com>.
Announcements about Recutils and most other GNU software are made on <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
To subscribe to these or any GNU mailing lists, please send an empty mail with a Subject: header of just subscribe to the relevant -request list. For example, to subscribe yourself to the GNU announcement list, you would send mail to <email@example.com>. Or you can use the mailing list web interface.
Development of Recutils, and GNU in general, is a volunteer effort, and you can contribute. For information, please read How to help GNU. If you'd like to get involved, it's a good idea to join the discussion mailing list (see above).
Recutils is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
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