# get, set

Read or set the value of a variable or a kdb+ data file

## get

Read or memory-map a variable or kdb+ data file

Syntax: get x, get[x]

Reads or memory maps kdb+ data file x. A type error is signalled if the file is not a kdb+ data file.

Used to map columns of databases in and out of memory when querying splayed databases, and can be used to read q log files, etc.

q)a:42
q)get a
42

:NewTrade
q)t:get:NewTrade                       / t is a copy of the table
q):SNewTrade/ set .Q.en[:.;trade]     / save splayed table
:SNewTrade/
q)s:get:SNewTrade/                     / s has columns mapped on demand


get and value

get has several other uses. The function value is a synonym for get. By convention, it is used for other purposes. But the two are completely interchangeable.


q)value "2+3"
5
q)get "2+3"
5


## set

Assign a value to a variable or file

Syntax: x set y, set[x;y]

Where x is

assigns the value of y to variable name or filename x.

q)a set 1 2 3            / set name a
a
q)a
1 2 3

q)a:t
q)a set 1 2 3             / set name t (indirect assignment)
t
q)t
1 2 3

q)a:"t"
q)a set 1 2 3             / fails, as name must be a symbol
:["type"]


If x is a file symbol, the values are written to file.

q):work.dat set 1 2 3    / write values to file
:work.dat
q)get :work.dat
1 2 3


Write a table to a single file:

q)\l sp.q
q):mytable.dat set sp
:mytable.dat
q)get :mytable.dat
s  p  qty
---------
s1 p1 300
s1 p2 200
s1 p3 400
..


To save a table splayed across a directory, x must be a path (i.e. ends with a /), and the table must be fully enumerated, with no primary keys:

q):mydata/ set sp
:mydata/
q)\ls mydata
,"p"
"qty"
,"s"
q)get :mydata
s  p  qty
---------
s1 p1 300
s1 p2 200
s1 p3 400
..


set saves the data in a binary format akin to tag+value, retaining the structure of the data in addition to its value.

q):data/foo set 10 20 30
:data/foo

These are .h, .j, .Q, .q, .z, and any other namespaces with single-character names.