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Re: PropertyNames in C-API?

From: Bill Moseley <moseley(at)>
Date: Wed Mar 10 2004 - 03:13:17 GMT
On Tue, Mar 09, 2004 at 03:06:16PM -0800, JFH wrote:

> Question: I'm looking for a way to get an enumeration of any 
> non-standard PropertyNames stored in an index.

Actually, this has come up a few times before.  I actually spent some 
time trying to implement the feature but ran into a a few complications.  
It shouldn't be that hard -- dump.c can display them, after all.

I'm guess you are trying to write something to detect what fields are in 
the index and provide a general interface to any index.

I've always found that I needed to know more than just the name -- I 
needed to know their type (which is in the index) but also what they 
mean in a human context.  If there's a property name "foo" how do you 
display it without knowing if it's a long description or a date or a 
number or a URL or whatever?

> I've been mucking about by following the example of dump_metanames() in 
> dump.c but I don't think that's the right way to go about this.

Well that will give you an idea how to get the names listed.  The harder
part is deciding on the API -- should you pass in an index name and get
a list of property names as strings back?  And how about the meta data
associated with a metaname or propertyname?  In Perl it might be nice to
get an array of objects with methods to fetch the name, id, type and
other meta data.  Or perhaps a hash or hashes.

Bill Moseley
Received on Tue Mar 9 19:13:21 2004