gdbdump - dump HP 100LX database into ASCII format
exports the contents of an HP 100LX database into an ASCII form.
is the name of the 100LX database to read; the results are written
to the terminal and can be redirected or piped as needed. The output format is
suitable for input to many database packages as well as to gdbload
recognizes the following options:
- Suppress the first line of the output, which normally
contains the names of all of the database fields. Note that if this option
is specified, the output is not compatible with gdbload(1).
However, this option may be needed for compatibility with other database
programs trying to read the output.
- Omit note fields from the output. Note fields are included
- Suppress warning messages.
- Write special characters (character codes 128-254,
inclusive) directly to the output. The default is to represent such
characters in \nnn notation.
- Wrap long lines. For some databases, the output line length
can be larger than some programs (notably vi(1)) can handle,
especially if records contain long notes. This option wraps each output
line at about 75 characters, marking the end of lines to be continued with
a backslash (\). gdbload(1) understands this format.
- Write multi-line string (i.e. note) fields on multiple
lines. Thus the quoted string will span newlines. Without this option,
newlines in strings will be output as \r\n sequences, and the complete
string will be subject to line wrapping if specified by the -w
The output of this program is an ASCII text file which starts with a line
containing field names (unless -n
was specified) and is followed by one
line for each record of the database. Note that any of these lines may be
split into multiple lines if -w
is specified, and that newlines in
strings may cause further splitting if specified by the -m
"logical" line contains all of the fields of the database, in the
same order in which their field names appeared on the first line of the
output. The fields are separated by commas.
Exactly how each field appears in the output depends on its type. Text fields,
category fields, and note fields appear with the contents inside quote marks
("). Quote marks and backslashes within the text of the field are escaped
by preceding them with a backslash (\). Newlines are printed as \n and
carriage returns as \r, unless the -m
option is used. Non-printing or
non-ASCII characters as \nnn, where nnn is an octal character code. (See the
description of the -s
Number fields appear as they do in the database. Date fields appear in the
format YYYYMMDD; for example, August 15, 1993 would appear as 19930815. Time
fields appear in the format HHMM, where HH is in the range 00-23.
Radio buttons and check boxes appear as 1 if selected, 0 otherwise.
All other field types, including application-defined types, are omitted from the
This output format can be used as input to gdbload
cannot handle the application-defined records and fields in HP
100LX Appointment Book and World Time databases. Running this program on such
databases will give useful, but incomplete, output.
Records are printed in the order stored in the file, i.e., randomly.
This program cannot handle password-protected databases. Attempts to dump
password-protected databases will have unpredictable results.
was written by Steven Roth, email@example.com, and is being
maintained by Arne Christensen, firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact the latter for bug
reports, enhancement requests, or to get a copy of the source code.
This program is released into the public domain and neither the author nor the
maintainer place any restrictions on its use. We make no warranties or
guarantees for this program and you use it at your own risk. This program is
supplied by us personally and not by Hewlett-Packard Co. or Pine Tree Systems,
which incur no obligations pertaining to it.
Many thanks to Andy Gryc for publishing the details of the database file