NAME

DBD::SQLite::VirtualTable::FileContent -- virtual table for viewing file contents

SYNOPSIS

Within Perl :

  $dbh->sqlite_create_module(fcontent => "DBD::SQLite::VirtualTable::FileContent");

Then, within SQL :

  CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE tbl USING fcontent(
     source      = src_table,
     content_col = content,
     path_col    = path,
     expose      = "path, col1, col2, col3", -- or "*"
     root        = "/foo/bar"
     get_content = Foo::Bar::read_from_file
    );
  
  SELECT col1, path, content FROM tbl WHERE ...;

DESCRIPTION

A "FileContent" virtual table is bound to some underlying source table, which has a column containing paths to files. The virtual table behaves like a database view on the source table, with an added column which exposes the content from those files.

This is especially useful as an "external content" to some fulltext table (see DBD::SQLite::Fulltext_search) : the index table stores some metadata about files, and then the fulltext engine can index both the metadata and the file contents.

PARAMETERS

Parameters for creating a FileContent virtual table are specified within the CREATE VIRTUAL TABLE statement, just like regular column declarations, but with an '=' sign. Authorized parameters are :

source

The name of the source table. This parameter is mandatory. All other parameters are optional.

content_col

The name of the virtual column exposing file contents. The default is content.

path_col

The name of the column in source that contains paths to files. The default is path.

expose

A comma-separated list (within double quotes) of source column names to be exposed by the virtual table. The default is "*", which means all source columns.

root

An optional root directory that will be prepended to the path column when opening files.

get_content

Fully qualified name of a Perl function for reading file contents. The default implementation just slurps the entire file into a string; but this hook can point to more sophisticated implementations, like for example a function that would remove html tags. The hooked function is called like this :

  $file_content = $get_content->($path, $root);

AUTHOR

Laurent Dami <dami@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT AND LICENSE

Copyright Laurent Dami, 2014.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as Perl itself.