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  • Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

    I'm using a simple Import operation to gather my user's login data from the Application Server's log file source.

    I then append it to a second table that I use to parse out the data to make it easier to read.

    The problem is that while the import table has the log records in the correct order that they were gathered by the Application Server, when I append them to the second table, they are in ascending order based on the data of the first field (IP Address).

    The first picture below shows the imported records, the second picture shows how it ends up looking after being appended to a second table.

    Is there a reason why they are not appending in DBF record order? I want my final appended table to stay true to the logical order that they were entered into the server.

    ScreenShot022.jpgScreenShot024.jpg
    Last edited by Rich Hartnett; 11-21-2013, 05:05 PM.
    Sergeant Richard Hartnett
    Hyattsville City Police Department
    Maryland

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    Re: Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

    ** UPDATE ** (I answered my own question, but it doesn't solve the problem.)

    After some experimenting I found that the changing of the appended records is due to the fact that I am only appending unique records. Apparently in its test for existing records, it then appends only the new records, but does so in an ascending order.

    So to combat that, I think I will display the records in a web grid, and force them to display in "date order." The problem now is that the date is not in a valid date format, so I need to convert it.

    Is there an easy expression that would convert the following date and time text to a normal date/time (XX/XX/XXXX) type that I could parse into separate fields?

    05/February/2013 06:41:06 11 pm
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    Last edited by Rich Hartnett; 11-21-2013, 06:10 PM.
    Sergeant Richard Hartnett
    Hyattsville City Police Department
    Maryland

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    • #3
      Re: Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

      Richard,

      is the date/time field an actual date-type field? Or is that "05/February/2013 xx:xx:xx" a character field? If it is a character field, then I think you're going to have to do some sort of brute force conversion to get it into a "standard" date-type field.

      Once that is accomplished, you could order it with the following:

      Code:
      Dtos(date_field)+toseconds(time("0h:0m:0s",date_field)
      which should put it into ascending order by date/time.

      Tom

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      • #4
        Re: Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

        Well actually the initial data that comes from the Web Application Server is one single line of text:

        198.228.224.60 - 05/February/2013 06:41:06 11 pm - USERID: denig - LOGIN EXPIRES: 05/February/2014 06:41:06 11 pm

        When I append this data to the second table, I keep the original text above, but then use expressions to break it up into separate fields. The date field ends up being a character field which displays this: 05/February/2013 06:41:06 11 pm
        Sergeant Richard Hartnett
        Hyattsville City Police Department
        Maryland

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        • #5
          Re: Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

          Looks like Alpha has some sophisticated coding in ctod()

          tst = "198.228.224.60 - 05/February/2013 06:41:06 11 pm - USERID: denig - LOGIN EXPIRES: 05/February/2014 06:41:06 11 pm"
          dttm = alltrim(word(tst,2,"-"))
          ? dttm
          = "05/February/2013 06:41:06 11 pm"

          ? ctod(dttm)
          = {02/05/2013}
          There can be only one.

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          • #6
            Re: Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

            Hey Stan that works great. How about one for parsing the login time portion?

            06:41:06 11 pm

            (The result could be in military time if necessary.)
            Sergeant Richard Hartnett
            Hyattsville City Police Department
            Maryland

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            • #7
              Re: Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

              tst = "198.228.224.60 - 05/February/2013 06:41:06 11 pm - USERID: denig - LOGIN EXPIRES: 05/February/2014 06:41:06 11 pm"


              ? word(alltrim(word(tst,2,"-")),2," ",3)
              = "06:41:06 11 pm"

              Or if you want a a shorttime value


              ? ctot(word(alltrim(word(tst,2,"-")),2," ",3))
              = 06:41:06 11 pm
              Last edited by Stan Mathews; 11-25-2013, 02:13 PM.
              There can be only one.

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              • #8
                Re: Order of Appended Records? (For Web Login Data)

                As always, "Stan you are the man!"

                That works great, thanks.
                Sergeant Richard Hartnett
                Hyattsville City Police Department
                Maryland

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