Wide Column Table Notation
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Line Delimited General Records

Think of it as a TSV of sorts for wide-column tables.


TODO: Put example document here.


GNU's recfiles are awesome. A similar format might be well suited to storing wide-column database data as plain text.

The idea is that by restraining the syntax and limiting representation, we can make reading and writing the file really fast, while making it easy to read for humans.


"General" in the name is meant to invoke the idea of "wide" or also of "approximate". A LDGR file represents a wide-column table.

If a byte order mark is encountered as the first byte, it is ignored.

A LDGR file consists of a number of stanzas. A stanza is a series of one or more non-empty lines. Eacy line must have at least one tab character.

On the start line of a stanza, there is first a string free of tabs, followed by the tab character, followed by more non-tab characters. The string before the tab is the key. The string after the tab, up to and including the ending line delimiter of the line, is the value string. Neither strings may be empty and neither may start with the space character.

Subsequent lines, if they start with the tab character, are value continuation lines. Everything in these lines after the first tab characters, including the ending line delimiter, is concatenated to the value string on the start line without modification.

The first line not to start with the tab character is simply taken as he start of the next field in the record.

Records end when one or more empty lines are encountered.

In consequence of the above rule, it is impossible to have a record with fewer than at least one field.

Each record can be thought of as a row in a wide-column table.

The first record in the LDGR document is taken to have schema information about the table represented. Keys in this record should (generally, wink wink) be found in subsequent records. In particular, the first key in the first record must appear as the first record in subsequent rows.

The first key in each record must be the same in each record, and is taken to be the primary key of the wide column table.

If keys are in the schema and are general to all records in the table (at least generally), then they should appear in the same order as they appear in the schema. Other keys may also exist in records, with un-schema-'d keys appearing after those that are in the schema in each record.


For some example implementations of this format, see the "implementations" folder in this repository.


LDGR = *1%xFEFF        ; bom check

; Record Rules
record = 1*field

field = notab
        1*( tab
            line-delimiter )

tab = %x09             ; \t
notab = %x20-10FFFF
content = notab
        / tab

line-delimiter = %x0D %x0A
               / %x0D
               / %x0A