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Counting the number of lines in a text file

Posted on 2003-10-27
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I have a text file with a number of categories.

example

@jon,
Name = {jon},
Date = {22.02.83}
}
@peter,
Name = {peter}
Date = {29.10.82}
}

i have a utility in C# for reading in this text file, but it reads in at set number of lines, an add utility allow more lines to be added.

Does anyone know how i can count the number of lines till i reach the } on its own, do some work then start counting the nuber of line from the next @ symbol


Thanks

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jlach earned 85 total points
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StreamReader streamRead = new StreamReader(@"FileNameHere.txt");
int count = 0;
string line = streamRead.ReadLine();
while (line != null) {
   count++;
   if (line == "}") {
      break;
   }
   else {
      line = streamRead.ReadLine();
   }
}

This should work for ya
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by:ptmcomp
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Use regular expressions with multiline option.  
"\Z" matches the line ends, so match all line ends from "^@" till "}\Z". To count you can use groups or callback event
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by:jon6
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Still having problems i cant get it to read from the last point it was at
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by:ptmcomp
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\G Specifies that the match must occur at the point where the previous match ended. When used with Match.NextMatch(), this ensures that matches are all contiguous. (From SDK Help under "regular expressions, atomic zero-width assertions" - you can also find it on MSDN)
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Could u write the code
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by:ptmcomp
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Can you post the code you made so far then I can add what's missing. - Sorry, I don't have a lot of time at the moment.
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by:ab0u110a
ID: 9632591
Thanks both of you for your help i have worked it out Jlachs code worked, but thanks for your help ptmcomp
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by:ab0u110a
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Sorry ptmcomp i still need your help i have realised that it has not worked it only reads the first lines each time
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Is this thread closed now? I got confused by the last comment.
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i have awarded points thinking that it was working but it does not work
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by:ptmcomp
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So what are we gonna do?
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by:ab0u110a
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i dont know i have no points left, it does not matter i can understand you would not want to help for no points, i will wait till i can buy points and ask the question again and give you the points
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by:ab0u110a
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i am going to ask for the points back, if i do will you answer the question with code on how to do it
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by:jlach
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ab0u110a ... im going to post a question.. i'll name it Points for ab0u11a .. say suttin in it, and you can have the points back.. if my answer is crap, i dont want the points, i dont deserve em =] heh
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Your answer was not crap but i thought it was working, but it was reading from the start of the file and i did not realise, it is a fundermental part of my program and must have it working correctly thanks for your help though, and for your honest nature in returning the points
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jlach

i dont have your msn messenger contact can you send me an email, the  code works perfectly thanks so much
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by:ptmcomp
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I can also help to make jlach's version work. Just I don't have a lot of time this and next two weeks.
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