how to transfer values from one big text file to another

hello,

I dont know where to place this question, but any ideas will be greatly apprecciated.
im having two text files- lets say A and B
A is having values like this
1 0 0 1
2 0 1 1
3 0 0 -4
4 0 0 -4

and B is having values like

1…1.4910967E+003  8.7261375E+002  1.1463431E+003  -3.0539021E+002  1.9476335E+002   -3.5904820E+002
2……………...

so what i want is to bring the values from A into B where last number is less than zero, in the above example they are 3 and 4th rows. So i want to bring in the 3 and 4 into the B file.


the problem is i cannot import it into excel as the file has more than 65000 rows and also matlab cannot do this function.

can somebody tell me how i could achieve this....

I need only the correspording rows from the A file, and the chosed rows should build a new table, if possible in turn, with the original sequence. The A file has only a function, to help us to decide which row  be useful in the second file
vihar123Asked:
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girionisCommented:
If I understand correctly you will need a raf: http://javaalmanac.com/egs/java.io/UseRandomAccessFile.html
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CodingExpertsCommented:
I sugest you to use StreamTokenizer to operate on this algo.


http://www.codeguru.com/java/tij/tij0113.shtml

-CE
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OrtokoboldCommented:
Have you ever used script languages, like awk or perl?
It would be ideal solution for your problem. You just need a simple script to read file A, filter-out the lines you need, and print them. Get yourself an awk or perl interpreter, and ask this question in the perl channel.
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vihar123Author Commented:
are there any free tools that can do this, i dont want to program, and is it possible with excel to do this......as the task is just getting those minus values into an other txt file, i dont want to write a new prg as it will not be of any use later

actually these values are retreived through matlab and these files are quite big, more than 70,000 rows......so i really dont know if i can do it with excel.....or other tools
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MogalManicCommented:
Looks like you will have to write a program it looks like Excel is limited to 65535 rows.

Using programs, the # of rows would not matter, because a program can be written to just process 1 line at a time.  Here is how I would do it in Awk and other UNIX type utils:
ProcessA.awk (1 line file)
$NF<0 {print $0}

To run:
awk -f ProcessA.awk  A.txt > tmpA.txt
cat  B.txt tmpA.txt>newB.txt

Now 'newB.txt' will contain B+all of the rows from A where the last field is < 0
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MogalManicCommented:
If you don't have access to Unix, you can download GAWK, cat (and other unix utils) at http://unxutils.sourceforge.net/
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vihar123Author Commented:
i havent used it but ill accept this answer

thanks :-)
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