Filtering Columnar Data

Sarah Reichelt sarah.reichelt at
Mon Jul 16 18:45:54 EDT 2007

> I'm struggling with the filter command.  I have tab-delimited data in
> a field, where each row has at least 56 columns.  I want to filter
> the data based on a chosen number in that fourth column, for example,
> to return all lines that have a 9 there.  The fourth column only
> contains a number from 1 to 10.  The following handler works most of
> the time.  I put three wild card expressions, lone asterisks
> separated by tabs, to make sure nothing is being picked up in the
> first three columns.  The tab and asterisk (and it could be just an
> *) following myNumber says that it doesn't matter what is in the
> columns after the fourth.
>         put fld "Data" of this card into tmpData
>         filter tmpData with "*" & tab & "*" & tab & "*" & tab & myNumber &
> tab & "*"

I seem to remember an old thread where it was discovered that when you
start looking at complex filters like this, a "repeat for each" loop
ends up faster. Worth testing anyway.


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