As powerful as the Morsulus O-and-A software is, it’s not particularly easy to install and get running on your own computer, and it’s a bit daunting to extend with new functionality.
I had an idea that it would be easier to work with the armorial data if it was loaded into a regular SQL database, and spent my weekend putting together a proof-of-concept implementation.
The results are available as Clerk-0.1.tar.gz, a pair of Perl scripts designed to work with a MySQL database.
make.pl, will fetch the armorial data from the SCA’s web site, create database tables to hold it, import the data, and do a bit of cross-indexing to make searching easier.
$ ./make.pl No changes made; you are up-to-date.
search.pl, accepts command-line arguments that parallel the various options supported by the Morsulus O-and-A interface, and outputs the matching registration records.
$ ./search.pl --armory "PFESS:pl:argent:~and vert" --armory BEAST-BEAR:1:primary --armory BEAST-BEAR:gules:primary --armory "BEAST-BEAR:passant to dexter:primary" --armory "BEAST-BEAR:spa" --close Found 2 results Here is one matching item with an exact match: Mathghamhain Ua Ruadháin This device was registered January of 2017 via the East. Per fess argent and vert, a bear passant gules. Here is one matching item with one difference: Halldor Rauthbjorn This badge was registered May of 2002 via the Middle. (Fieldless) A bear passant guardant gules maintaining on its back a castle argent.
Both include usage information you can view by running them with
The search results generally match up to those from the original Morsulus search, although I don’t yet have all of the character-code support in place for broad-vs-narrow name searches, and I haven’t yet implemented date/kingdom search criteria.
I’ve also added a couple of features that aren’t available in the baseline tool.
One that would be easy to add to the Morsulus code is a
--min-score parameter, including shortcuts for
--exact, which only returns items that match all of the provided search terms, and
--close, which includes items that have at most one difference; both of these just set the minimum score based on the maximum possible weight.
A new feature that would be more difficult to add to the Morsulus scripts is the ability to search for any of several headings at once, for example
--armory "ROSE|FOIL-6", or even to search for any heading at all, such as looking for any sable tertiary with
The code is available under a permissive open-source license so feel free to use or modify it as you would like.
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