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Re: [bug-recutils] Value Expressions

From: Michał Masłowski
Subject: Re: [bug-recutils] Value Expressions
Date: Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:38:03 +0200
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> In theory the best tool to edit the contents of fields, which are text
> strings, would be some text editor.  The text editor of course need to
> be operated not-interactively.  Examples of such text editors are ed,
> sed and EDLIN (in windows).
> So, instead of implementing our own text editor we could allow the user
> to use her favorite one.  An additional "filter" operation could work,
> which could be mapped to -F for example.  Example:
> $ recset -f Email -F 'sed -e "s/foo/bar/g"'
> Windows users could use EDLIN.
> What do you think?

It would solve the problem and be relatively simple in the
implementation.  I was thinking that the future Python binding could be
used to do most complex field editing, although there are probably many
cases where it would be too complex while this could be used.

(Would not call it a "text editor" when describing this feature, it can
use any filter shell command.)

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