[NTG-context] Best way to create a large number of documents from database

Mojca Miklavec mojca.miklavec.lists at gmail.com
Thu Apr 16 20:32:47 CEST 2020

On Thu, 16 Apr 2020 at 16:52, Hans Hagen wrote:
> On 4/16/2020 4:38 PM, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
> > On Thu, 16 Apr 2020 at 11:29, Taco Hoekwater wrote:
> >>> On 16 Apr 2020, at 11:12, Mojca Miklavec wrote:
> >>>
> >>> One option is that I quickly draft a python script that creates a few
> >>> thousand TeX documents and compiles them individually, but it might be
> >>> easier if there was a way to just create a single template document
> >>> and then run something like
> >>>     context --some-params --N=42 --output=document-0042.pdf template.tex
> >>> or something along those lines.
> >>
> >> If you want to go this route (and you may have to if not each record
> >> fits exactly within a single page),
> >
> > I do have one page per document. The more annoying part is having
> > strange document names that need more attention when mapping page
> > number -> name (I'm not saying this is not doable).
> so, don't make files:
> - write a tex file foo.tex
> - process it: context --batch --result=1 --once foo
> etc ... so, use --result for the target name and use the same input name

This works just perfect, thank you very much.

I now have template.tex and process it with
    context --batch --result=doc-0042 --someparam=21a --once template
which generates precisely the desired doc-0042.pdf.

For the moment I'm simply using a combination of
    \doifdocumentargument {someparam} {\getdocumentargument{someparam}}
from TeX and
from within the lua code as suggested by Taco and you in the previous
email thread.

Where would be the best way to document this / under what wiki topic,
as I'm sure I'll need it again and forget until then unless I write it
down immediately? "Mail merge"? ;)

Thank you very much,

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