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Xpath - search in the same node

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Hello everybody;

in the attached xml file i want to search the OBJECT_ID:

The following xpath command gives me the Filename back: 193478618937468178.000

//Object[@id='2657']/Fields/Field[@name='Filename']/text()

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How can i select the OBJECT_ID in case i know the Filename: 193478618937468178.000 ?

/Fields/Field[@name='Filename'][@value='193478618937468178.000']/@id --> works not
                                 

Thank you very much
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by:Mahesh Bhutkar
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You have to apply some logic like this,


For any Object @id,
      if Object/Fields/Field[@name='Filename'][@value='193478618937468178.000']
            then return that Object id

Checkout,
/*/Object@id/Fields/Field[@name='Filename'][@value='193478618937468178.000']
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this shows syntax error:  

/*/Object@id/Fields/Field[@name='Filename'][@value='193478618937468178.000']

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by:Geert Bormans
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//Object[Fields/Field[@name='Filename']/@value='193478618937468178.000']/@id
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by:Mahesh Bhutkar
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This gives you perfectly...

In XPATH 1.0 you can write,
//Object[Fields/Field='193478618937468178.000'[@name='Filename']]/@id
This gives you node from where you can fetch value of id.


In XPATH 2.0 you can write,
//Object[Fields/Field='193478618937468178.000'[@name='Filename']]/@id/string()
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Geert Bormans earned 500 total points
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it gives not perfectly, it has a syntax error

my mistake, I thought the filename was in an attribute not in the text field
It helps if you post an example XML so we can test
I now made atest XML based on the OP's first XPath

tested
//Object[Fields/Field[@name='Filename']='193478618937468178.000']/@id

the XSLT2 variant will hardly ever add value
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by:bounty457
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Great, Thank you very much. It works fine.

Regards Bounty
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by:Geert Bormans
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welcome
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by:Mahesh Bhutkar
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Didn't understand what's wrong with this,

In XPATH 1.0 you can write,
//Object[Fields/Field='193478618937468178.000'[@name='Filename']]/@id
This gives you node from where you can fetch value of id.

This has been tested at,
http://www.xpathtester.com/test
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by:Geert Bormans
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it is a pretty basic error actually
you are putting a predicate on a string, you need to do so on a node
the underlying data model of the xpathtester.com is wrong

you simply can't do this
/Field='193478618937468178.000'[@name='Filename']
the attribute is on the Field, so you need to do this instead
/Field[@name='Filename']='193478618937468178.000'

the closest to your solution that is valid would be something like this
//Object[Fields/Field[.='193478618937468178.000'][@name='Filename']]/@id
but I prefer mine

please don't use xpathtester if you want to be sure, it has obvious errors

For learning basic XPath1, this one is still a good reference
http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596002916.do
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Thanks..
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