YAZ-CLIENT(1)                      Commands                      YAZ-CLIENT(1)

       yaz-client - Z39.50/SRU client for implementors

       yaz-client [-a apdulog] [-b berdump] [-c cclfile] [-d dump]
                  [-f cmdfile] [-k size] [-m marclog] [-p proxy-addr]
                  [-q cqlfile] [-t dispcharset] [-u auth] [-v loglevel] [-V]
                  [-x] [server-addr]

       yaz-client is a Z39.50[1]/SRU[2] client (origin) with a simple command
       line interface that allows you to test behavior and performance of
       Z39.50 targets and SRU servers.

       From YAZ version 4.1.0 yaz-client may also operate as a Solr[3] Web
       Service client.

       If the server-addr is specified, the client creates a connection to the
       Z39.50/SRU target at the address given.

       When yaz-client is started it tries to read commands from one of the
       following files:

       ·   Command file if it is given by option -f.

       ·   .yazclientrc in current working directory.

       ·   .yazclientrc in the user's home directory. The value of the $HOME
           environment variable is used to determine the home directory.
           Normally, $HOME is only set on POSIX systems such as Linux,
           FreeBSD, Solaris.

       -a filename
           If specified, logging of protocol packages will be appended to the
           file given. If filename is specified as -, the output is written to

       -b filename
           If specified, YAZ will dump BER data in readable notation to the
           file specified. If filename is specified as - the output is written
           to stdout.

       -c filename
           If specified, CCL configuration will be read from the file given.

       -d dump
           If specified, YAZ will dump BER data for all PDUs sent and received
           to individual files, named dump.DDD.raw, where DDD is 001, 002,
           003, ...

       -f cmdfile
           Reads commands from cmdfile. When this option is used, YAZ client
           does not read .yazclientrc from current directory or home

       -k size
           Sets preferred messages and maximum record size for Initialize
           Request in kilobytes. Default value is 65536 (64 MB).

       -m filename
           If specified, retrieved records will be appended to the file given.

       -p proxy-addr
           If specified, the client will use the proxy at the address given.
           YAZ client will connect to a proxy on the address and port given.
           The actual target will be specified as part of the InitRequest to
           inform the proxy about the actual target.

       -q filename
           If specified, CQL configuration will be read from the file given.

       -t displaycharset
           If displaycharset is given, it specifies name of the character set
           of the output (on the terminal on which YAZ client is running).

       -u auth
           If specified, the auth string will be used for authentication.

       -v level
           Sets the LOG level to level. Level is a sequence of tokens
           separated by comma. Each token is a integer or a named LOG item -
           one of fatal, debug, warn, log, malloc, all, none.

           Prints YAZ version.

           Makes the YAZ client print hex dumps of packages sent and received
           on standard output.

       The YAZ client accepts the following commands.

       open zurl
           Opens a connection to a server. The syntax for zurl is the same as
           described above for connecting from the command line.


           [(tcp|ssl|unix|http)':']host [:port][/base]

           Quits YAZ client

       find query
           Sends a Search Request using the query given. By default the query
           is assumed to be PQF. See command querytype for more information.

       delete setname
           Deletes result set with name setname on the server.

       base base1 base2 ...
           Sets the name(s) of the database(s) to search. One or more
           databases may be specified, separated by blanks. This command
           overrides the database given in zurl.

       show [start[+number [+resultset]]]
           Fetches records by sending a Present Request from the start
           position given by start and a number of records given by number,
           from the result set resultset. If start is not given, then the
           client will fetch from the position of the last retrieved record
           plus 1. If number is not given, then one record will be fetched at
           a time. If resultset is not given, the most recently retrieved
           result set is used.

       scan term
           Scans database index for a term. The syntax resembles the syntax
           for find. If you want to scan for the word water you could write

                     scan water

           but if you want to scan only in, say the title field, you would

                     scan @attr 1=4 water

       setscan set term
           Scans database index for a term within a result set. This is
           similar to the scan command but has a result set as its first

       scanpos pos
           Sets preferred position for scan. This value is used in the next
           scan. By default, position is 1.

       scansize size
           Sets number of entries to be returned by scan. Default number of
           entries is 20.

       scanstep step
           Set step-size for scan. This value is used in the next scan sent to
           the target. By default step-size is 0.

       sort sortspecs
           Sorts a result set. The sort command takes a sequence of
           space-separated sort specifications, with each sort specification
           consisting of two space-separated words (so that the whole
           specification list is made up of an even number of words). The
           first word of each specification holds a field (sort criterion) and
           the second holds flags. If the sort criterion includes = it is
           assumed that the SortKey is of type sortAttributes using Bib-1: in
           this case the integer before = is the attribute type and the
           integer following = is the attribute value. If no = character is in
           the criterion, it is treated as a sortfield of type
           InternationalString. The flags word of each sort specification must
           consist of s for case sensitive or i for case insensitive, and <
           for ascending order or > for descending order.

           Same as sort but stores the sorted result set in a new result set.

       authentication openauth
           Sets up an authentication string if a server requires
           authentication (v2 OpenStyle). The authentication string is first
           sent to the server when the open command is issued and the Z39.50
           Initialize Request is sent, so this command must be used before
           open in order to be effective. A common convention for the authopen
           string is that the username - and password is separated by a slash,
           e.g.  myusername/mysecret.

       sru method version
           Selects Web Service method and version. Must be one of post, get,
           soap (default) or solr. Version should be either 1.1, 1.2 or 2.0
           for SRU. Other versions are allowed - for testing purposes (version
           negotiation with SRU server). The version is currently not used for
           Solr Web Services

           This command displays status and values for many settings.

       lslb n
           Sets the limit for when no records should be returned together with
           the search result. See the Z39.50 standard on set bounds[4] for
           more details.

       ssub n
           Sets the limit for when all records should be returned with the
           search result. See the Z39.50 standard on set bounds[4] for more

       mspn n
           Sets the number of records that should be returned if the number of
           records in the result set is between the values of lslb and ssub.
           See the Z39.50 standard on set bounds[4] for more details.

           Displays the values of lslb, ssub and mspn.

           Switches named result sets on and off. Default is on.

           Sends a Trigger Resource Control Request to the target.

       facets spec
           Specifies requested facets to be used in search. The notation is
           specified in ???.

       format oid
           Sets the preferred transfer syntax for retrieved records.
           yaz-client supports all the record syntaxes that currently are
           registered. See Z39.50 Record Syntax Identifiers[5] for more
           details. Commonly used records syntaxes include usmarc, sutrs and

       elements e
           Sets the element set name for the records. Many targets support
           element sets B (for brief) and F (for full).

           Sends a Z39.50 Close APDU and closes connection with the peer

       querytype type
           Sets the query type as used by command find. The following is
           supported: prefix for Prefix Query Notation (Type-1 Query); ccl for
           CCL search (Type-2 Query), cql for CQL (Type-104 search with CQL
           OID), ccl2rpn for CCL to RPN conversion (Type-1 Query), cql2rpn for
           CQL to RPN conversion (Type-1 Query).

       attributeset set
           Sets attribute set OID for prefix queries (RPN, Type-1).

       refid id
           Sets reference ID for Z39.50 Request(s).

       itemorder type no
           Sends an Item Order Request using the ILL External.  type is either
           1 or 2 which corresponds to ILL-Profile 1 and 2 respectively. The
           no is the Result Set position of the record to be ordered.

       update action recid doc
           Sends Item Update Request. The action argument must be the action
           type: one of insert, replace, delete and update. The second
           argument, recid, is the record identifier (any string). Third
           argument which is optional is the record document for the request.
           If doc is preceded with "<", then the following characters are
           treated as a filename with the records to be updated. Otherwise doc
           is treated as a document itself. The doc may also be quoted in
           double quotes. If doc is omitted, the last received record (as part
           of present response or piggybacked search response) is used for the

       source filename
           Executes list of commands from file filename, just like 'source' on
           most UNIX shells. A single dot (.) can be used as an alternative.

       ! args
           Executes command args in subshell using the system call.

       push_command command
           The push_command takes another command as its argument. That
           command is then added to the history information (so you can
           retrieve it later). The command itself is not executed. This
           command only works if you have GNU readline/history enabled.

       set_apdufile filename
           Sets that APDU should be logged to file filename. Another way to
           achieve APDU log is by using command-line option -a.

       set_auto_reconnect flag
           Specifies whether YAZ client automatically reconnects if the target
           closes connection (Z39.50 only).

           flag must be either on or off.

       set_auto_wait flag
           Specifies whether YAZ client should wait for response protocol
           packages after a request. By default YAZ client waits (on) for
           response packages immediately after a command (find, show) has been
           issued. If off is used, YAZ client does not attempt to receive
           packages automatically. These will have to be manually received
           when command wait_response is used.

           flag must be either on or off.

       set_marcdump filename
           Specifies that all retrieved records should be appended to file
           filename. This command does the same thing as option -m.

       schema schemaid
           Specifies schema for retrieval. Schema may be specified as an OID
           for Z39.50. For SRU, schema is a simple string URI.

       charset negotiationcharset [displaycharset] [[marccharset]]
           Specifies character set (encoding) for Z39.50 negotiation / SRU
           encoding and/or character set for output (terminal).

           negotiationcharset is the name of the character set to be
           negotiated by the server. The special name - for negotiationcharset
           specifies no character set to be negotiated.

           If displaycharset is given, it specifies name of the character set
           of the output (on the terminal on which YAZ client is running). To
           disable conversion of characters to the output encoding, the
           special name - (dash) can be used. If the special name auto is
           given, YAZ client will convert strings to the encoding of the
           terminal as returned by nl_langinfo call.

           If marccharset is given, it specifies name of the character set of
           retrieved MARC records from server. See also marccharset command.

               Since character set negotiation takes effect in the Z39.50
               Initialize Request you should issue this command before command
               open is used.

               MARC records are not covered by Z39.50 character set
               negotiation, so that's why there is a separate character that
               must be known in order to do meaningful conversion(s).

       negcharset charset
           Specifies character set for negotiation (Z39.50). The argument is
           the same as second argument for command charset.

       displaycharset charset
           Specifies character set for output (display). The argument is the
           same as second argument for command charset.

       marccharset charset
           Specifies character set for retrieved MARC records so that YAZ
           client can display them in a character suitable for your display.
           See charset command. If auto is given, YAZ will assume that
           MARC21/USMARC is using MARC8/UTF8 and ISO-8859-1 for all other MARC
           variants. The charset argument is the same as third argument for
           command charset.

       querycharset charset
           Specifies character set for query terms for Z39.50 RPN queries and
           Z39.50 Scan Requests (termListAndStartPoint). This is a pure
           client-side conversion which converts from displayCharset to

       set_cclfile filename
           Specifies that CCL fields should be read from file file filename.
           This command does the same thing as option -c.

       set_cqlfile filename
           Specifies that CQL fields should be read from file file filename.
           This command does the same thing as option -q.

       register_oid name class OID
           This command allows you to register your own object identifier - so
           that instead of entering a long dot-notation you can use a short
           name instead. The name is your name for the OID, class is the
           class, and OID is the raw OID in dot notation. Class is one of:
           appctx, absyn, attet, transyn, diagset, recsyn, resform, accform,
           extserv, userinfo, elemspec, varset, schema, tagset, general. If
           you're in doubt use the general class.

       register_tab command string
           This command registers a TAB completion string for the command

       sleep seconds
           This command makes YAZ client sleep (be idle) for the number of
           seconds given.

       wait_response [ number]
           This command makes YAZ client wait for a number of response
           packages from target. If number is omitted, 1 is assumed.

           This command is rarely used and is only useful if command
           set_auto_wait is set to off.

       xmles OID doc
           Sends XML Extended Services request using the OID and doc given.

       zversion ver
           This command sets Z39.50 version for negotiation. Should be used
           before open. By default 3 (version 3) is used.

       options op1 op2..
           This command sets Z39.50 options for negotiation. Should be used
           before open.

           The following options are supported: search, present, delSet,
           resourceReport, triggerResourceCtrl, resourceCtrl, accessCtrl,
           scan, sort, extendedServices, level_1Segmentation,
           level_2Segmentation, concurrentOperations, namedResultSets,
           encapsulation, resultCount, negotiationModel, duplicationDetection,
           queryType104, pQESCorrection, stringSchema.

       The simplest example of a Prefix Query would be something like

               f knuth


               f "donald knuth"

       In those queries, no attributes were specified. This leaves it up to
       the server what fields to search but most servers will search in all
       fields. Some servers do not support this feature though, and require
       that some attributes are defined. To add one attribute you could do:

               f @attr 1=4 computer

       where we search in the title field, since the use(1) is title(4). If we
       want to search in the author field and in the title field, and in the
       title field using right truncation it could look something like this:

               f @and @attr 1=1003 knuth @attr 1=4 @attr 5=1 computer

       Finally using a mix of Bib-1 and GILS attributes could look something
       like this:

               f @attrset Bib-1 @and @attr GILS 1=2008 Washington @attr 1=21 weather




       yaz(7) bib1-attr(7)

       Index Data

        1. Z39.50

        2. SRU

        3. Solr

        4. Z39.50 standard on set bounds

        5. Z39.50 Record Syntax Identifiers

YAZ 5.30.0                        03/18/2020                     YAZ-CLIENT(1)