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  • Stan Mathews
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Still think you're working too hard.

    Try this in AlphaSports

    Code:
    st = set.open_session("invoice")
    hd = st.table_get("invoice_header")
    itm = st.table_get("invoice_items")
    
    query.filter = "flattenquery(.T.)"
    query.order = "Customer_Id+Invoice_Number"
    query.options = "I"
    query.description = "Temporary Query"
    hd.query_create(query.options,query.filter, query.order)
    st.fetch_first()
    ci = ""
    hdr_done = .F.
    
    fil = file.create("c:\temp\asexpt.txt",FILE_RW_EXCLUSIVE)
    while .not. st.fetch_eof()
    	if hd.Customer_Id+hd.Invoice_Number = ci
    		if hdr_done
    			fil.write_line(itm.product_id+"   "+alltrim(str(itm.quantity)))
    		end if
    	else
    		fil.write_line(dtoc(hd.date)+"   "+hd.customer_id+"   "+hd.invoice_number)
    		fil.write_line(itm.product_id+"   "+alltrim(str(itm.quantity)))
    		ci = hd.Customer_Id+hd.Invoice_Number 
    		hdr_done = .T.
    	end if
    	st.fetch_next()
    end while
    fil.flush()
    fil.close()
    st.close()

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  • nugget3825
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Thank you all for your input.

    Al, the desired output file would look like, from your example,


    ha
    da
    hb
    db
    db
    db
    db

    So, there is only 1 HEADER file and hundreds of DETAIL lines on a daily basis. The required file design is not my idea. Just trying to be compliant. However, I thought I could export the HEADER file and then export the DETAIL file. What I was hoping for was a way to simply append the DEATL file to the HEADER file. I could have done this with a throuwback LINE INPUT command and successive WRITES or PRINTS.

    However, turns out the solution offered by Stan works pretty well.

    I created a DATA field of 255 bytes in the HEADER file and created a DATA field in the DETAIL file. Updated the DATA fields in each file (e.g. LOC="|"-FIELD1-"|"-FIELD2-"|"... etc.)

    I created a 3rd file during the development phase called DATA containing 1 field called... DATA of 255 bytes. Appended the HEADER's DATA field and then appended the DETAIL's DATA field. The "H" and "D" records have completely different constructs and are TAB DELIMITED. Once the DATA file was loaded, I exported to a TABLE file and was able to name the file as required.

    Sent off a test yesterday and all looks just fine.

    Thanks to ALL for your input.

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  • Tom Henkel
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    I used the same methodology to create HIPPA billing transaction files to be sent to Medicaid. Again, this has been working for years.

    Now all we need to know is what was the outcome for Larry!

    Tom

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  • MoGrace
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Hi Tom H.,
    I guess I missed why Larry is doing this. It sounded like maybe he IS doing something similar to your example. But who knows? To me the why is often what determines the how.

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  • Tom Henkel
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Robin,

    The routines were designed and running many years before Microsoft decided to buy Solomon. They work, so why change them?

    Tom

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  • Al Buchholz
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Originally posted by nugget3825 View Post
    G.,

    1. I previously said that they were TAB delimited
    2. This is what we used to identify a HEADER record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, etc.
    3. ASCII

    Thanks,
    Larry

    followed by a DETAIL record - means on the next line of the file to me. Is that what it means to you or does it mean header and detail(s) on the same line and then a new header starts a new line?

    ie

    ha
    da
    hb
    db
    db
    db
    db

    or

    ha,da
    hb,db,db,db,db

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  • MoGrace
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Isn't Solomon designed to work with MS Office? Couldn't you create your set based report in Alpha and open it in Excel? And go from there...

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  • aschone
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Try this
    Attached Files

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  • Al Buchholz
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    I'm with G. More details. I do see what you are looking for, but it'll help explain so we all stay on track.

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  • Ray in Capetown
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Originally posted by nugget3825 View Post
    So...

    In A5V11, I created, successfully, 2 ASCII files - a ABCHDR and ABCDTL file. They are flat and TAB delimited.

    What is the easiest/best way to get these 2 files joind so that the records are essentially... H, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, .... etc ?

    ...
    - if as you said you created two flat ASCII files and then want to join them I cant figure what you are asking
    If you really want to just join them no problem - or do you want to merge them ?
    Or else you have disconnected header and details into two separate ascii files and now want to connect them back together in matching order?
    - why not create one ascii the way you want to start with while they are in correct sequence? If you don't know how then maybe that is the question you want to ask... makes it much easier.

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  • G Gabriel
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Originally posted by nugget3825 View Post
    G.,

    1. I previously said that they were TAB delimited
    I know you did, but in the output you desire, they are comma separated.
    At any rate, it sounds like you want to flatten a set in an ASCII file.
    This should give you a hint:
    One way, if this is already a set, flatten it and export it as an ASCII.
    If not:
    Then the question remains: what is the common denominator between the header and the detail file?
    It would be best if you could provide an example for both files.

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  • nugget3825
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Yep,

    I was going to do this, and have done it before, but I thought there might be, and I'm sure there are, a "few" lines of XBASIC that would join the files less painlessly.

    Lar

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  • nugget3825
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    G.,

    1. I previously said that they were TAB delimited
    2. This is what we used to identify a HEADER record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, followed by a DETAIL record, etc.
    3. ASCII

    Thanks,

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  • Tom Henkel
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    Larry,

    We have a similar situation, where we need to export payment info to an external financial package (SOLOMON).
    WHat we did was to create a table with an account identifier field, record type fireld (hdr, detail), then a VERY large text field. We would create the header records with the text field being what it should look like (comma separated data), then build the detail data in the same manner. Once the records are created, we set the index to account,record id, and then export only the text portion. This has been working for us for years.

    Tom

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  • G Gabriel
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    Re: Merge 2 ASCII Files

    1-Tab delimited? or comma delimited?
    2-Not sure what H, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, D, .... etc means?
    3-Joined into one ASCII file? or a dbf file?

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