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CIF Reader

CIF Reader is a C++ parser that allows you to parse CIF files issued by Network Rail and ATCO-CIF files issued by Traveline (primarily for NPTDR imports).

** The current release contains Network Rail / ATOC open data CIF parsing only **

CIF Parser requires:
  - Boost, at least version 1.44 (for filesystem v3)
  - mysqlpp (custom compile - need to run ./configure with --with-field-limit=55 - needed to ensure schedules and locations can fit in the database)

To use it, you will need to create a SQL database, and run the SQL queries that are included in timetables.sql. You will need to create a file called databaseConfig.h in the root directory (where main.cpp is). Fill this in with the details shown below, in between the quotes, obviously...

const char* sqlUsername = "";
const char* sqlPassword = "";
const char* sqlDatabase = "";
const char* sqlServer = "";

I haven't included a Makefile, but this is the command I personally use:
$ g++ -Wall -I/usr/include/mysql -I/usr/local/include/mysql++ -I/usr/include/boost -lmysqlclient -lmysqlpp -lboost_regex -lboost_filesystem  -lboost_thread -lboost_system -o parser main.cpp classes/*.cpp classes/NR-CIF/*.cpp 

Usage: Just call ./parser <the file you want to read>

There are arguments to the program, they must be called separately and separated by spaces - or they won't work :), they are:

	-t or --truncate-tables
		Empties all the tables to allow clean import.

	-a or --atco
		Enables ATCO-CIF import mode (not yet available)

	-k or --disable-keys
		Disables the keys on the tables to allow a much faster import (recommended if running a FULL extract). Re-enables and re-calculates keys after program runs.
So as an example... ./parser -t -k -d TTISF618.MCA


	The files in the locations directory, allStations.csv and associations.csv, should be loaded into stations and locations_alternatives tables respectively if you want to 'merge' locations a bit more easily. It provides a basis in tiplocs_cache to prevent having to keep looking up, and the queries
	to use locations_alternatives are fairly trivial when looking up TIPLOCs.


	My ethos with providing code is to allow you to build your own system with the tools that I have provided, but not to effectively make clones of something I have done as that's not very novel and rather boring in my opinion. Due to this, I only provide the code to make something *work* - any UI you will need to do yourself. :) I hope you will all appreciate that.
	I'd always appreciate it if you credit me somewhere for these tools if they have helped you in any work that you do - or email me to let me know in where and what wonderous ways you are using it! My email address is It's not a biggie, though, for me.


    This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify
    it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by
    the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or
    (at your option) any later version.

    This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
    but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
    GNU General Public License for more details.

    You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License
    along with this program.  If not, see <>.


CIF Reader is a parser for Network Rail & ATOC CIF and ATCO-CIF files







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