The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #18316   Message #267433
Posted By: GUEST,Bruce O.
29-Jul-00 - 04:41 PM
Thread Name: Penguin: The Green Bed
Subject: RE: Penguin: The Green Bed
Steve Roud's folksong index lists many more traditional versions of "Green Beds" (with several other titles for it, too. Roud #276), but I don't see any object in listing them all on the Mudcat Forum, nor would I consider such copying to be ethical. Both of Roud's indexes (broadsides and folk songs, with some overlap) are available now on a single CD, with about 110,000 listings in each file.

You have to have your own database system to read Roud's files into. On Dick Greenhaus's recommendation I got ASKSAM, which is an enommous inprovement on the DBASE IV that I had used previously. Files are only about 15% as large, (field lengths are not 'fixed' at a given (maximum) length and searching in a field (there are 20) is much easier to set up and the searching is much faster.