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Default The CD application using DBM

The confusion is from book Beginning Linux Programming by Neil Mathew and Richard Stones.

In the book using DBM they have taught how to bulid a CD application to store CD data. They have used two structs one for storing CD catalog entry and one for storing CD tracks entry.The structs are as below:

/* The catalog table */
#define CAT_CAT_LEN 30
#define CAT_TITLE_LEN 70
#define CAT_TYPE_LEN 30
#define CAT_ARTIST_LEN 70

typedef struct {
char catalog[CAT_CAT_LEN + 1];
char title[CAT_TITLE_LEN + 1];
char type[CAT_TYPE_LEN + 1];
char artist[CAT_ARTIST_LEN + 1];
} cdc_entry;

/* The tracks table, one entry per track */
#define TRACK_TTEXT_LEN 70
typedef struct {
char catalog[TRACK_CAT_LEN + 1];
int track_no;
char track_txt[TRACK_TTEXT_LEN + 1];
} cdt_entry;
Not exactly getting what a:

char catalog[CAT_CAT_LEN];

is meant for in cdc_entry structure As i thought earlier user will type name of the album in that field but title is there for that. Then what catalog field is meant for actually not getting. What i think of various fileds can have is:

title = name of the album(Reckless)

type = is like genere (POP, ROCK, HIPHOP)

artist = who sang the song (Bryan adams)

catalog = ?(for what this field)

If anyone has been through this book and got what this field(catalog) should actually store.

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