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Remove duplicates from Arraylist populated by Active Directory

Posted on 2004-08-05
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Over here, I've got a problem with out Exchange 2003 Server, probably during migration from 5.5 -> 2003 some mail addresses were duplicated with different CNs.
The following code should sort a list of email adresses, which I recieve from our AD (contacts.Add(contact.Properties["mail"].Value.ToString());) and print out duplicated ones.

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contacts.Sort();
for (int i=1; i <= contacts.Count-1; i++)
{
      Console.WriteLine(contacts[i]);
      Console.WriteLine(contacts[i-1]);
      if(contacts[i] == contacts[i-1])
      {
            Console.WriteLine("Duplicate: "+contacts[i]);
      }
}
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As you can see, I'm outputting the email addresses it's going to check, and yes, they are the same - of course. I'm searching for the exact email adresse with objSearcher.Filter = "(mail=frank.lattuca@saarland.ikk.de)";

However the if condition returns false.
Now, if I'd check if the .GetHashCode() of contacts[x] are the same, it returns true.

Am I save to use the hash for comparing?
Why aren't the equal strings equal?

FYI: contacts is a System.Collections.ArrayList
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SRigney earned 2000 total points
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I believe the problem is because you are comparing the objects, not the values of the string.

Try this.

contacts.Sort();
for (int i=1; i <= contacts.Count-1; i++)
{
     Console.WriteLine(contacts[i]);
     Console.WriteLine(contacts[i-1]);
     if(contacts[i].ToString() == contacts[i-1].ToString())
     {
          Console.WriteLine("Duplicate: "+contacts[i]);
     }
}
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by:pYrania
ID: 11725532
You are the man.

6 duplicates out of 998 contacts, not that bad. :)
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