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Greetings, Venerable Monks.

I, like many, am seeking enlightenment. However, I come to your gates not seeking answers, but instead looking for guidance and advice on which path I should take. If you have a moment, I will tell you my tale...

I have been looking through my CD collection, and would really like to implement an automatic way of slurping data, and storing it in a local database. As these are the first steps, I do NOT want to do anything online - I am simply using the data available on each CD. Thus, I have a .TOC file for each CD to parse, process, and store.

So far, I can locate, and open, each file. I can also connect, and write, to my database. I am now at the stage of parsing each data-file. It is, of course, mandatory that I do this step in an enlightened way, with efficient simplicity.

Thus I come before you. How would you advise I start on this journey?

If it is of help, here are some links to the structure and layout of the file:

(Also, if relevant, I also intend - at a later stage - to get the same script to parse .cue files as well. See:


In reply to Parsing and extracting data from files. by WhiteTraveller

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