Comparing lines in a text file to see if they are the same

I am using a textfile and reading them into an array of records, i want to see if the last element of the record, which is in the text file is the same as other parts of the textfile, heres my code so far:-

program Assignment_3;

{$APPTYPE CONSOLE}

uses
  SysUtils;
const
  maxCustomers = 50;
type
  customer=record
  gender:char;
  surname:string;
  forename:string;
  likes:string;
  hates:string;
end;

var
  customers:text;
  maleList:array [1..25] of customer;
  femaleList:array [1..25] of customer;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}

{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
Procedure writeMales;
var i:integer;
    thisCustomer:customer;
Begin
  writeln;
  writeln('List of Males: Press enter to view more');
  writeln;
  for i:=1 to maxCustomers do begin
      thisCustomer:=maleList[i];
        if (thisCustomer.gender in ['M', 'm']) then begin
            Writeln(thisCustomer.forename);
            Writeln(thiscustomer.surname);
            writeln('-------------------');
    readln;
   end;
end;
readln;
end;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
Procedure writeFemales;
var
  i:integer;
  thisCustomer:customer;
begin
  writeln;
  writeln('List of Females: Press enter to view more');
  writeln;
  for i:=1 to maxCustomers do begin
    thisCustomer:=femaleList[i];
      if (thisCustomer.gender in ['F', 'f']) then begin
        writeln(thisCustomer.forename);
        writeln(thisCustomer.surname);
        writeln('-------------------');
      readln;
      end;
  end;
readln;
end;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
procedure readMales;
var
  i:integer;
  thisCustomer:customer;
begin
  assignfile(customers, 'customers.txt');
    reset(customers);
  for i:=1 to maxCustomers do begin
    thisCustomer:=maleList[i];
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.gender);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.surname);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.forename);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.likes);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.hates);
   maleList[i]:=thisCustomer;


  end;
  closefile(customers);
end;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
 procedure readFemales;
var
  i:integer;
  thisCustomer:customer;
begin
  assignfile(customers, 'customers.txt');
    reset(customers);
  for i:=1 to maxCustomers do begin
    thisCustomer:=femaleList[i];
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.gender);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.surname);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.forename);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.likes);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.hates);
   femaleList[i]:=thisCustomer;
  end;
  closefile(customers);
end;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
Procedure matchMale;
var
  thisCustomer:customer;
  i:integer;
begin
  assignfile(customers, 'customers.txt');
  reset(customers);
  for i:=1 to maxCustomers do begin
    thisCustomer:=maleList[i];
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.likes);
  closefile(customers);
  end;
end;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
Procedure matchFemale;
var
  thatCustomer:customer;
  i:integer;
begin
  assignfile(customers, 'customers.txt');
  reset(customers);
  for i:=1 to maxCustomers do begin
    thatCustomer:=femaleList[i];
    readln(customers, thatCustomer.likes);
  closefile(customers);
  end;
end;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
Procedure menu;
var
  choice:char;
begin
  repeat
    writeln('.::::::: Ian''s Dating Agency ::::::::.');
    writeln;
    writeln('>Print List of Male Customers.........1');
    writeln('>Print List of Female Customers.......2');
    writeln('>Find a match for a Male..............3');
    writeln('>Find a match for a Female............4');
    writeln('>Exit.................................5');
    writeln;
    readln(choice);
    case choice of
    '1' : writeMales;
    '2' : writeFemales;
    '3' : matchMale;
    //'4' : matchFemales;
    end;
  until choice = '5';
end;
{------------------------------------------------------------------------------}
begin
  readMales;
  readFemales;
  menu;
  matchMale;
  matchFemale;
  readln;
end.

So what I need help with is the match part, what I am trying to do is just get the malelist likes to match the female list likes.  Any help would  be greatly appreciated, please don't solve the whole program for me, and please try and avoid just pasting the code, I need just some help to show how to implement it.  many thanks
Jenko_2003Asked:
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dbruntonCommented:
Roughly something like - this is for males

if (person.likes = thiscustomer.likes) and (person.hates = thiscustomer.hates) and (thiscustomer.gender = 'F') then
writeln ('We have a match');

This is rough coding.
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Jenko_2003Author Commented:
Ok this is what I now have, and it compiles and runs, but doesn't print the matches to the screen it just prints blank lines, any ideas?
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Jenko_2003Author Commented:
My bad heres the procedure: -

Procedure matchMale;
var
  thisCustomer, person:customer;
  i:integer;
begin
  assignfile(customers, 'customers.txt');
  reset(customers);
  writeln ('List of Perfect matches...');
  for i:=1 to maxCustomers do begin
    thisCustomer:=maleList[i];
   if thisCustomer.gender in ['M', 'm'] then
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.gender);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.surname);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.forename);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.likes);
    readln(customers, thisCustomer.hates);
    maleList[i]:=thisCustomer;

    person:=femaleList[i];
   if person.gender in ['F', 'f'] then
    readln(customers, person.gender);
    readln(customers, person.surname);
    readln(customers, person.forename);
    readln(customers, person.likes);
    readln(customers, person.hates);
    femaleList[i]:=person;
    if (thisCustomer.likes = person.likes)
      and (thisCustomer.hates = person.hates) then  begin
        writeln(thisCustomer.forename);
        writeln(thisCustomer.surname);
        writeln('is matched with...');
       writeln(person.forename);
        writeln(person.surname)
    {end else begin
               writeln('No matches at current');}
             end;
    readln;
  end;
  closefile(customers);
end;
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griesshCommented:
1) In your readMales/readFemales you have to check for the gender before you add the record to your list. Keep a count of how many men/women you have!
2) matchxxx doesn't have to read the file anymore since you have already 2 lists, one with all women, one with all men.
3) matchxxx in its simplest solution has to compare all men with all women:
  for i:=1 to maxMen do begin
      for j:=1 to maxWomen do begin
        {do your comarison maleList[i].attribute = femaleList[j].attribute}
      end;
  end;
4) For debugging it is always good to have some writeln for example in the readXXX function to see haw the lists fill up.

Good luck!

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Werner    
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