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Re: [EBDB] How to create a role (record)?

From: Eric Abrahamsen
Subject: Re: [EBDB] How to create a role (record)?
Date: Fri, 02 Jul 2021 08:40:44 -0700
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Pankaj Jangid <> writes:

> Eric Abrahamsen <> writes:
>> Pankaj Jangid <> writes:
>>> How to create a new Role type of record? I could not find a command in
>>> the help. And the one mentioned in ‘section 4.4.1 Role’ fields is not
>>> working. This section specifies ‘F’. But this is bound to
>>> ‘ebdb-format-these-records’.
>> Huh, something went wrong in the manual there. "Using the 'F'"? The
>> proper key is "R", to both create a new record, and give the record
>> under point a role in that new record.
> Ok. I should have found that out.
>> A role is a field type, not a record type, so you can create a role as
>> normal by hitting "i" and then selecting "role" as the type. That
>> requires both records (person and organization) to already exist.
>> That reminds me, I've been meaning to add a hook so that, after a new
>> record is created, EBDB checks if its mail addresses matches any
>> organization domain, and offers to create a role field. I'll see if I
>> can add that today, and release a new version.
> I am happy with the a similar functionality that already
> exists. i.e. when I assign a role, EBDB already checks if the main
> email-ID matches with the organization’s domain and pulls the email-ID
> to associate it with the user-role relationship. It works perfectly. But
> I was stuck in a scenario where I wanted to assign a role which is not
> already existing. i.e. I want to create a new Organization; either
> on-the-fly (hit ‘i’ while on a record, select ‘role’, “assign or create
> role”) or create a top level organization type record.

Yep, that's exactly what "R" is for. And if you use it on an
organization record, it will offer to create a person, instead.

> And I have completely forgot how I created the roles that are already in
> my database. In this thread, I wanted to know only this. How to create
> new organization records?

If you create new records with "C" rather than "c", you'll get more
options, including which record type to create.


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