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alexandria: a book collection manager


alexandria - a book collection manager


alexandria [OPTIONS]


Alexandria is a GNOME desktop application for managing book collections. It has a simple user interface which makes it easy to enter the details of your library, generally using Internet sources to find catalogue information for your books. It also enables you to create filtered views of your book collection based on details such as author, publisher etc.

When launched without any options the Alexandria main window opens and presents a view of your libraries, or if run for the first time creates a new library ready for you to add books either manually or with the help of providers of book information on the Internet.


 Print verbose debug information describing the operation of the
 program. Useful for determining behaviour when a problem is
 encountered. This also sets the logger level to DEBUG.

 Show program version information and exit.

 Show summary of options and exit. This also shows a great many
 predefined options common to all GTK programs which are not
 defined in this manual page.


 The per-user configuration of  Alexandria
 is stored in this directory. Each the books in each library are
 stored in a sub-directory with the library's name e.g. `My
 Library'. Book files are stored in YAML format (a text-based data
 format). They are named after the book's ISBN
 e.g. 9780755322800.yaml The cover images are also named after with
 book's ISBN, with the file extension .cover, although they are
 usually JPEG format files. If a book has no ISBN, it's ID will be
 a number generated from the book title.

 Smart Libraries are a filtered view of your book collection, and
 are saved as YAML format files in this directory.


 Setting this environment variable affects the level at which
 messages will be logged. The log levels are cumulative, setting
 the level to log information messages means it will also include
 all warnings and error messages. Possible values are:

FATAL Only log messages for fatal errors.

ERROR Log messages for all errors.

WARN Log warnings and errors.

INFO Also include information messages.

DEBUG Log everything, including debug messages.

 The default level is  WARN


Please report any bugs you find on the laURL: L raTracker Please check for any similar reports before reporting a new bug.

You can also discuss any problems you encounter with the Alexandria developers and other users by joining the laURL: L raalexandria-list


News, details of the development team and further documentation may be found on the laURL: L raAlexandria web site


Alexandria was originally written by Laurent Sansonetti. The current maintainer is Joseph Method <tristil [at]>. For a full list of contributors, see the file AUTHORS in Alexandria's documentation.

This manual page was written by Cathal Mc Ginley <cathal.alexandria [at]>.


Copyright (C) 2004-2006 Laurent Sansonetti

Copyright (C) 2007-2010 Alexandria Contributors


Alexandria 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 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.