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Removing comments (#) from text file

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I need to remove comments from a text file, the are all preceded by a # and followed by a carrage return, so basicly all i need to do is file and instance of the # symbol in a variable i've loaded and then delete everything up until it reaches a carrage return, then continue to look for other occurances of # and remove them...here is an example of the file

# change the information
      layer_select layer 11; select rowend; detail_edit 1 shade            ##item1
      layer_select layer 1; select rowend; detail_edit 1 shade      ## item2
      layer_select layer 3; select rowend; detail_edit 1 shade      ## item3

#begin section2

thanks guys
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by:Shauli
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Where do you want the results, in a new text file?
What do you want to do with the preceding lines, such as "# change the information"    do you want to ignore them altogether?

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by:Shauli
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If the answer to question 1 is yes, and to question 2 is no then:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim myLine As String, mySplit() As String
Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\test.txt" For Input As #1
    Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\final.txt" For Output As #2
        Do Until EOF(1)
            Line Input #1, myLine
                mySplit = Split(myLine, "##", -1)
                If UBound(mySplit) > 0 Or Left(myLine, 1) = "#" Then
                    If mySplit(0) <> "" Then
                        Print #2, Trim(mySplit(0))
                    End If
                End If
        Loop
    Close #2
Close #1
End Sub

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by:bernie1774
ID: 12264705
Yes the final results are to be output to a text file, but yes i want to ignore (and delete the comment lines all together).  so

##begin
program_code_is_here  #comment

would be output to the final text file as

program_code_is_here
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Mike Tomlinson earned 125 total points
ID: 12264742
<Please don't accept this as the answer>

Just some minor modifications to Shauli's code to handle the comments at the end of the lines as well:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim myLine As String
    Dim poundPos As Integer
    Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\test.txt" For Input As #1
        Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\final.txt" For Output As #2
            Do Until EOF(1)
                Line Input #1, myLine
                    poundPos = InStr(myLine, "#")
                    If poundPos > 0 Then
                        myLine = Trim(Left(myLine, poundPos - 1))
                    End If
                    If myLine <> "" Then
                        Print #2, Trim(myLine)
                    End If
            Loop
        Close #2
    Close #1
End Sub
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by:Shauli
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Idle, the comments at the end of the line are being taken care of by the split.

Run mu code with the sample code above

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If you want to get rid of those lines as well then:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim myLine As String, mySplit() As String
Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\test.txt" For Input As #1
    Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\final.txt" For Output As #2
        Do Until EOF(1)
            Line Input #1, myLine
                mySplit = Split(myLine, "##", -1)
                If UBound(mySplit) > 0 Then
                    If mySplit(0) <> "" Then
                        Print #2, Trim(mySplit(0))
                    End If
                End If
        Loop
    Close #2
Close #1
End Sub

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by:Shauli
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Sorry, one correction:


Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim myLine As String, mySplit() As String
Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\test.txt" For Input As #1
    Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\final.txt" For Output As #2
        Do Until EOF(1)
            Line Input #1, myLine
                mySplit = Split(myLine, "#", -1)
                If UBound(mySplit) > 0 Then
                    If mySplit(0) <> "" Then
                        Print #2, Trim(mySplit(0))
                    End If
                End If
        Loop
    Close #2
Close #1
End Sub

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by:bernie1774
ID: 12264770
that last script is cutting out all but one section of the code for some reason, and also padding it with formatting...if you like i can send you the file i'm working with and you can try it yourself, just give me your email (you can email if you dont want to post it i'm bernie@nyclubkid.com ) thanks
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by:Mike Tomlinson
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Did you try my version?

...or you can use this modified version of Shauli's last post:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim myLine As String, mySplit() As String
Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\test.txt" For Input As #1
    Open "C:\Documents and Settings\Shauli.MOBILE\My Documents\final.txt" For Output As #2
        Do Until EOF(1)
            Line Input #1, myLine
                mySplit = Split(myLine, "#", -1)
                If mySplit(0) <> "" Then
                    Print #2, Trim(mySplit(0))
                End If
        Loop
    Close #2
Close #1
End Sub

(Shauli, if there isn't a "#" in the string then Ubound = 0.  You were only outputting if Ubound >0)
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by:Shauli
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Idle :) you didn't see my correction were I did exactly what you just posted.

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by:Mike Tomlinson
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Actually, I took out this conditional in your last submission:

    If UBound(mySplit) > 0 Then

becuase if there isn't a "#" in the string (meaning there was no comment on that line) then the statement

    mySplit = Split(myLine, "#", -1)

will result in an array with only one element at Index 0 and the conditional was only allowing the output if Ubound was greater than zero.

~IM
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Well, the example of the file above states a comment at the end of each and every line.

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