Strange results in deletion of lines

Terry Judd tsj at
Mon May 10 22:48:47 EDT 2010

David - unless you have huge numbers of lines it's probably easiest to just
use the filter command.

filter tHold without "F*"

The reason your repeat method isn't working is that tCount is only valid
until the first deletion takes place

So either use...

repeat with j = tCount down to 1
  if char 1 of line j of tHold is "F" then delete line j of tHold
end repeat

Or use the repeat for each form and build a new list as you go...

put empty into tList
repeat for each line tID in tHold
  if char 1 of tID is "F" then put tID cr after tList
end repeat
delete last char of tList -- removes the trailing CR



On 11/05/10 12:34 PM, "David C." <davidocoker at> wrote:

> Hey folks,
> I've run into something weird again (at least it seems weird to me)
> and need some help. I have a variable named tHold that contains the
> following (targeted) lines of text among many others:
> FB460V-CS05
> FD620DCS26
> FD751VAS00
> FE290DDS00
> FE290DES17
> FE400DES03
> FH381VAS29R
> FH430VBT25M
> What I'm trying to do is to delete any line that begins with "F" and
> the working code looks something like this:
> put the number of lines in tHold into tCount
>   repeat with j = 1 to tCount
>       if character 1 of line j of tHold = "F" then delete line j of tHold
>   end repeat
> For some reason that I cannot detect, it removes only 4 of the eight
> potential lines that are targeted although they all clearly begin with
> an "F". I've checked and double-checked my sample data to make sure
> there are not any spaces preceding the "F" character for each.
> Ideas? Better method?
> Best regards,
> David C.
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