Recital Getting Started
The first time you start Recital, you will be prompted to choose your system-wide language and filetype settings to ensure optimum compatibilty if you are migrating from an XBase system. Use the cursor keys to navigate the dialog and the spacebar to make a selection.
These settings will be written to the system compat.db file. The Compatibility dialog will be redisplayed at the start of an interactive session any time the compat.db file is not found. The settings can also be altered by entering set compatible at the prompt.
> set compatible
By default, Recital starts with system windows active. Recital and SQL commands can be typed into the command window and the following commands operate in a window rather than full screen:
Errors are displayed in the error window.
To disable the system windows, use -w when starting Recital
$ recital -w
or CLEAR WINDOWS once in Recital
> clear windows
Individual windows can be deactivated, hidden or shown with the following commands:
- SET COMMANDWINDOW - activate/deactivate the command window
- HIDE WINDOW - hide the specified window
- SHOW WINDOW - show the specified window
For all window commands, please see Screen Windows.
Many operations are available from the System Menu. For details on all the menu options, please see System Menu. Access the menu using the Home key or the / key.
The status bar provides information about the following:
- Currently active command
- Currently active table
- Access mode: Upd for update, Qry for query
- Current cursor number (if empty) or current record and record count of active table
- Edit mode: Ins for insert
Running Commands, Functions and Statements
For an introduction to the Recital language, please see A Recital Primer.
- Creating and opening databases, tables and indexes
- Adding, updating, deleting and querying records/rows
- Obtaining information about databases, tables and indexes
The following synonymous commands are used to edit text files:
> vi myprog
If no file extension is specified, .prg is assumed.
Programs can be run using the DO command
> do myprog with "myparam"
or with function calling syntax
Running a program with the DEBUG command activates the debugger and operates in interpreted rather than compiled mode.
> debug myprog with "myparam"
To exit Recital, type quit at the prompt:
or select File -> Exit from the System Menu. Access the menu using the Home key or the / key.