MatchText, MatchChunk and the needle in the haystack
bryan at deepfoo.com
Sun Mar 18 18:12:01 CDT 2007
I have been given a batch of text files that have had their delimiters
stripped off (by accident) leaving a single string of text to parse back
into record delimited form. And yes, of course, there is no back-up so
it is the strings or nothing.
I really know very little about using RegEx, but I presume this could at
least in part solve the problem.
Basically the only good news is that each record was originally
delimited in the form of "24-Jan-02" so that as long as each date could
be plucked out of the string it ought to be possible to grab the offset
and then introduce a return before the next date occurrence. As in the
text is 06-Mar-92therewasamangledbitoftexttodealwith02-Apr-92therest...
I cannot seem to get the MatchText to work properly to identify these,
but I guess really the problem is I still need to find an offset for
each. Is MatchText even the right thing to use? Can I use it in
find each one?
Or is this a case where the string has to be brute forced?
Any ideas on how to proceed? Any ideas, snippets would be greatly
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