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  • Filename pointer function

    Hi All,

    Looking for some help with a function to that points A5 to a folder by just looking the first word of the folder.

    Key matching word is (first word) Dell

    Folder to open:
    Dell Computer

    I tried word() but this looks for folders using only the first word and will not find a match. Seems like I need to parse?

  • #2
    Re: Filename pointer function

    Not clear what you're doing. What do you mean by folder to open? Are you wanting to open the folder with sys_explore(), ui_get_file()?

    If you want to get the full directory name of a directory under a specific directory based on a first word, this works for me.

    ? filefind.first("C:\U2*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name()
    = "C:\U2 Rattle and Hum"

    ? filefind.first("C:\New*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name()
    = "C:\New Database"
    Last edited by Stan Mathews; 04-26-2013, 12:05 PM.
    There can be only one.


    • #3
      Re: Filename pointer function

      I think I'm on to something with the smatch_to() function. I'm using sys_open(filename) where filename is an expression based on my input variable (the first word)


      • #4
        Re: Filename pointer function


        opens the "c:\new database" directory in windows explorer.

        As does

        input = "New"
        There can be only one.


        • #5
          Re: Filename pointer function

          thanks stan I'll experiment with this. My input variable will be the first word, I want A5 to open the directory matching the first word regardless of what the full folder name is. Here is a better example:

          I have my PartNumber as the variable. My folders start with the PartNumber and then a Description which is why I just need just match the first word.

          PartNumber = 2334456
          Open matching folder -> '2334456 sony printer documentation'


          • #6
            Re: Filename pointer function

            My input variable will be the first word, I want A5 to open the directory matching the first word regardless of what the full folder name is.
            That's what my example does.
            There can be only one.


            • #7
              Re: Filename pointer function

              Stan I wanted to clarify, Part_Number is not a variable but rather a field. Here is the Xbasic action:

              DIM filename as c
              filename = (filefind.first("\\HP_OFFICE\PART DOCUMENTATION"+ALLTRIM(Part_Number)+"*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name())
              if file.exists(filename) then
              ui_msg_box("Error Opening File","File '"+filename+"' does not exist.",ui_stop_symbol)
              end if

              I'm receiving error variable "Part_number" not found. Any ideas?


              • #8
                Re: Filename pointer function

                Where does part_number exist? Are you viewing a form and part_number is an object on the form?

                DIM filename as c
                filename = (filefind.first("\\HP_OFFICE\PART DOCUMENTATION"+ALLTRIM(Part_Number.value)+"*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name())
                if file.exists(filename) then
                ui_msg_box("Error Opening File","File '"+filename+"' does not exist.",ui_stop_symbol)
                end if

                If the part_number field has the object name part_number on the form.
                There can be only one.


                • #9
                  Re: Filename pointer function

                  Yes Part_number field does have an object on the form. When adding .value now I received error 'file " does not exist' seems like there is an extra "?


                  • #10
                    Re: Filename pointer function

                    nevermind stan, I got it... (filefind.first("\\HP_OFFICE\PART DOCUMENTATION\\"+ALLTRIM(Part_Number.value)+"*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name())

                    I was missing the \\


                    • #11
                      Re: Filename pointer function

                      out of curiosity, is there a way to have it look at the entire folder name instead of the first word? In other words if it comes up with any matching string. This will be good if I have a folder that lists multiple Part numbers, I'll be sure that the matching Part numbers all open the same folder when necessary.


                      • #12
                        Re: Filename pointer function

                        Add the asterix wild card before the field object name as well and remove one backslash.

                        (filefind.first("\\HP_OFFICE\PART DOCUMENTATION\*"+ALLTRIM(Part_Number.value)+"*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name())
                        There can be only one.


                        • #13
                          Re: Filename pointer function

                          After doing as suggested, it continues to work on the first word, however, when tested it on the following Part Number: ASM001393

                          It should have opened folder:
                          \\HP_OFFICE\Part Documentation\5182159 & ASM001393 Rotor PS

                          but it could not find for some reason.


                          • #14
                            Re: Filename pointer function

                            Works here

                            input = "ASM001393"
                            ? "C:\part documentation\*"+var->input+"*"
                            = "C:\part documentation\*ASM001393*"

                            ? filefind.first("C:\part documentation\*"+var->input+"*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name()
                            = "C:\part documentation\5182159 & ASM001393 Rotor PS"
                            sys_open(filefind.first("C:\part documentation\*"+var->input+"*",FILE_FIND_DIRECTORY).name())
                            'opens directory here

                            Shouldn't be any different with alltrim(part_number.value).
                            There can be only one.


                            • #15
                              Re: Filename pointer function

                              My part_number.value had an extra '0' After correcting it, the matching folder was found with no problem. Thanks so much stan!