Many Cards Versus One Card and a List Field
palcibiades-first at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Jan 16 04:37:06 EST 2008
I seem to have cracked this one now, by brute force. But the solution really
shows how much this must be the wrong tool for the job - unless there is a
much better way, which there probably is, and I'd love to hear about. And
also would be interested to hear how one was supposed to find it!
For each of the 30 cells, I'm just doing two filters on the file in a temp
variable till the temp variable only contains records of the appropriate
kind. Then add the relevant items up into the right cell. No switch, no
match, no branching.
Then clear the variable by reloading the whole file into it, from another
variable to avoid endless disk reads, redo the filter with different criteria
for a different cell, and so on. So this is basically 30 snippets of script
to produce 30 different subsets of the file, one after another, one for each
On a 2G Athlon, you watch it going through its paces.... But it does work
after a fashion.
Then I will do printing by going to full screen and doing Print Desktop from
the shell. What a horrible kluge! Awk and a text editor for printing has to
be better than this. It would be embarassing if the people who will use it
were to find out just what a kluge it is.
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