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SQZ pipe delimited file with 1 column varying length

 
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Rick Silvers

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:11 pm    Post subject: SQZ pipe delimited file with 1 column varying length
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I have a pipe delimited data set with a layout like this, column 3 with varying length data

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9999999 |9999999 |MEX.111 Description1 Description2 Description3 |11/06/2016 |11062016 | |record count |Y


I need to SQZ the whole data set but in 3rd field I need to leave the spaces between the ctrlid and descriptions and spaces between the descriptions words. The 3rd column will always start with the pipe at position 18 for a length of 400, but the descriptions can vary in length. So I need to SQZ the next field delimiter to end of Description3 and then SQZ last 5 fields to that

I have tried some suggestions from the forum but can't get it to work ...any help would be appreciated

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Rick

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Bill Woodger

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2016 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply to: SQZ pipe delimited file with 1 column varying length
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You mean you have one variable-length field, and the designer of the file made it the third field? Simplest (to say) is to get that rearranged.

SQZ/JFY have MID= to establish behaviour for embedded blanks.

However, does FINDREP to change " ¦" to "¦"give you what you want?
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Marso

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 07, 2016 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply to: SQZ pipe delimited file with 1 column varying length
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Have you checked the "Smart DFSORT Tricks" manual ?
If not, google for it and download.

Using the "Deconstruct and reconstruct CSV records" and the "Squeeze out blanks or other characters" examples, you should be able to get around your problem.
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