[linux-elitists] Ledger: org mode for double-entry bookkeeping

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Dec 10 10:48:08 PST 2012

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 08:51:36AM -0800, Don Marti wrote:
> begin Nathaniel Smith quotation of Fri, Dec 07, 2012 at 08:45:42PM +0000:
> > If I wanted to be an engineer when I grew up, then I'd convince
> > someone to pay me to write a sort of bastard child of sqlite and git,
> > where you could write a description of complex data structures and it
> > would implement
> > chained-hash-synchronization/delta-compressed-storage/provably-good-merge-algorithms,
> > with a clean API to expose conflicts to the app as structured
> > first-class entities and other niceties useful for synchronizing apps
> > (e.g., pruning history, in case you don't need 15 years of edits to
> > your mail store or calendar). Couchdb kind of wants to be this, but
> > last I checked couchdb doesn't even record merges in its internal
> > history graph, so it's doomed.
> Good idea.  Making SQLite the default data file
> format for applications is nice as long as you don't
> do anything interesting with those data files such
> as try to version, merge, or collaborate on them.
> Is there a good simple command-line tool for merging
> tree-structured files such as XML or JSON?  One that
> could be used as a git mergetool?

Apropos git and SQLite, have you looked at Fossil?

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