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HELP DATABASE                                       Aaron Sloman, April 1982

DATABASE is a global variable used by the following procedures and looping
constructs. (All except ALLREMOVE and ALLADD have HELP files with the same
name. The functions of ALLREMOVE and ALLADD can be inferred from ADD and

    add(<item>);                 puts pattern into database
    remove(<pattern>);           removes item matching pattern from database
    flush(<pattern>);            removes ALL matching items from database
    present(<pattern>);          searches database for an item matching pattern
    lookup(<pattern>);           like present, but error if item not found
    foreach                      iterates over database.
    forevery                     iterates over combinations of database items
    alladd(<list_of_items>);     adds all the patterns to database
                                 removes all the patterns
                                 checks that a combination of patterns can be
                                 consistently instantiated in the database
    which(<variables>,<list_of_patterns>) -> <list_of_values>;
                                 finds items satisfying a test

PRESENT and ALLPRESENT return the result TRUE or FALSE

ADD, REMOVE, FLUSH, PRESENT, LOOKUP and FOREACH all set the value of the
variable IT to be the last database item matched.

ALLADD, ALLREMOVE, ALLPRESENT and FOREVERY all set the value of the variable
THEM to be the collection of database items matching the argument list.

All the procedures except ADD and ALLADD use MATCHES to match their arguments
against database items. Consequently, any pattern variables will be set by the

REMOVE and LOOKUP both produce an error if they find no matching item.

To save the current version of DATABASE in the file, do


It can then be restored using *COMPILE or *LOAD.

    This is primarily a teaching tool, so the database is stored as a simple
    list of lists without any fancy indexing mechanism. For many purposes
    where rapid access to a large database is required use *NEWPROPERTY.

See also
TEACH *DATABASE - for a tutorial introduction to the use of the database
HELP *SUPER     - on LIB SUPER, an enhanced version of the DATABASE