[OS X TeX] latex + mySQL

Ingo Reich ireich at mac.com
Mon Oct 24 18:48:36 EDT 2005

not long ago I mentioned "latexdb" on this list as a tool to connect  
to a mySQL-database from within a latex-document (which is quite  
handy for lots of things like printing address lists, serial letters  
and so on). Now it seems that "latexdb" gets in trouble, if the  
document 'to be looped over' is a bit more complex. -- But  
nevertheless I like the idea of having my data stored in a mySQL  
database and to be able to retrieve it from within a latex file. So  
my question is: Is there any alternative? (I already had a look at  
the KOMA-Script, but it doesn't seem to be flexible enough.) A more  
indirect way to get the same result could be to 1.) write the data  
into a bibtex-like file (something like \entry{ \firstname={Donald}, 
\surname{Knuth}}, \entry{\firstname={Alan},\surname{Hoenig}}, ... ),   
2.) input the file, 3.) and loop over "........ \firstname  
\surname ...........", though I've got no idea how this would look  
like in detail. Any ideas?
Thanks, Ingo
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