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elog2sql - copy an elog logbook to a MySQL database
parsecfg.pl - translate the elogd.cfg file to a MySQL database template
parselog.pl - translate a elog logbook to a MySQL insert template file
elog2sql was created to help translate logbooks created by the program
"elog" (http://midas.psi.ch/elog/) from the native elog flat file format
to a MySQL database. I found elog to be one of the easiest, yet
feature-rich web-based programs for maintaining journals and logbooks;
The program is fast, the administration and setup are easy and simple,
and the features are extremly well suited for the application. However,
I was bothered by all-in-one (web server and application) design of
elog, rather then the typical use of Apache/PHP/MySQL platform for such
an application. IMHO, having elog on such a platform will allow easier
and simpler integration of new functions and extensions for elog. The
long-term goal is to create a version of elog functionality based on the
Therefore, I created a set of perl scripts that will allow the
translation of elog logbooks into a MySQL database. The design and
implementation of these scripts are a simple one, and allow the one-time
copying of a set of logbooks.
The elog2sql toolkit consists of two scripts. The first script,
parsecfg.pl, reads a elogd.cfg, and creates a sql file that will create
a set of db tables corresponding to elog logbooks. The second script,
parselog.pl, takes a set of elog logfiles, and creates a sql file that
will enter the logbook data into the database. The result is a copy of
the elog logbook that can used as desired inside the framework of MySQL.
Attachments are handled by inserting an entry of the attachment name
into an seperate attachment table. This allows multiple attachments per
1) Create a MySQL database (example: elog)
2) Create the sql database templates
parsecfg.pl < elogd.cfg >elog.sql
3) Create the MySQL tables
mysql -u user -p elog <elog.sql
4) Translate an elog logbook (example: journal)
cat logbook/journal/*log | parselog.pl journal >journal.sql
5) Load the table into MySQL
mysql -u user -p elog <journal.sql
6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each logbook directory.
ISSUE and BUGS
this is a quick and dirty programming job, so I expect this to be a
brittle program. Use at your own risk, and check the resulting output
before using mysql.
Elog is sloppy on logbook formats - Extra attributes could remain in a
elog logbook file if the user created a logbook, and then deleted
attributes later on. These extra attribute entries will break the sql
file, and you will need to delete them from the logbook or from the sql
elog2sql only tranlates attributes to a fixed element datatype
(varchar). It doesn't recognize the elog "options" command, and is
braindead on things like "option boolean".
elog2sql was tested only on limited datasets (my logbooks), and as such,
did not test all possible elogd.cfg configuration commands. Since the
logbook format is not specified in the documentation, I had to work on
the information in my logbooks. Any changes to this format by the Elog
develops may break this code.
elog2sql was tested on elog version 2.3.8. YMMV on other versions.
The author issues this code under the GPL. (See GPL.txt). Use this code
at your own risk.
Date: 2003-07-02 Version 0.99