newbie script question re Find command

Terry Judd tsj at unimelb.edu.au
Tue Mar 22 18:47:45 EDT 2011


Actually 2 is slightly more complicated in that you have to sum your offset
values as you go in order to determine the correct number of characters to
skip. I'd also forgotten about the find function mentioned by Jacque -
probably a much simpler way to go.

Terry...


On 23/03/11 9:38 AM, "Terry Judd" <tsj at unimelb.edu.au> wrote:

> Here are some things to start working with...
> 
> 1. the cardNames function - gives you a list of cards for the specified
> stack. You can then loop through each card in turn using a repeat loop of
> the form...
> 
> repeat for each line tCd in (the cardNames of this stack)
> 
> ...alternatively you can just
> 
> repeat with I = 1 to the number of cds in this stack
> 
> 2. the offset function - which is what you'll use inside another repeat loop
> (inside the first repeat structure) to find all the instances of your string
> in a field. For example you could use the 'repeat forever' form to continue
> searching a field until the offset function returns 0. Your offSet routine
> includes a charsToSkip parameter (check out the dictionary entry). In the
> first pass of a field this is set to 0, then if you get a match, you record
> the value and pass it in the charsToSkip parameter in the next iteration of
> the repeat loop.
> 
> As far as recording all the chunks goes, you probably only need to store the
> offset values (along with the field and card names), as given you already
> know the length of the original search string you can easily create chunk
> statements from these when required.
> 
> HTH,
> 
> Terry...
> 
> 
> On 23/03/11 8:31 AM, "Timothy Miller" <gandalf at doctorTimothyMiller.com>
> wrote:
> 
>> Hiya,
>> 
>> I guess I never tried to write a script like this before. Thought it would be
>> simple... Well, it is simple, probably, just not simple in a way that I
>> actually understand.
>> 
>> How do I find multiple instances of a string in a given field of a given card
>> and record each foundchunk in a variable, and then stop repeating the find
>> command when the last instance is found?
>> 
>> I want to do this in the context of a repeat loop that goes to all the cards
>> in the stack in sequence.
>> 
>> Sooo, I also need to know... How do I tell the repeat loop to move on to the
>> next card:
>> 
>> - if no instance of the string is found on the card
>> 
>> - and
>> 
>> - after the last instance of the string is found on the card
>> 
>> Hope that's clear.
>> 
>> I understand I'll probably want to nest a repeat loop using the find command
>> on each card, with exits when certain conditions are met. I'm choking on the
>> details.
>> 
>> I don't need a complete and accurate script. Just the general idea.
>> 
>> Thanks in advance.
>> 
>> Tim (the world's oldest newbie)
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