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  • marking duplicates question

    does anyone know of an "operational" way to mark all duplicate records. I can do it with a script - after first marking duplicates, but with large files it takes a while.

    Have been toying unsuccessfully with doing it on a second run through.
    Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
    972 524 8714
    [email protected]

    ____________________
    "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw

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    RE: marking duplicates question

    It may just be that I haven't finished my coffee yet, but I don't follow you. Can you describe the beginning state of affairs, and the target or desired goal you want to achieve in more detail ?

    -- tom

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      RE: marking duplicates question

      Hi Tom - on my first cup, too.

      Say you want to mark all customers whose 1st word(first names) and 1st word(last names) and zip codes are the same.

      you set up an operation to do same.

      The operation will only mark the duplicate - not both (or all names) that match the "query."

      To get the rest of them marked, so your client can examine same, you can use a script to read all marked records and then a separate query to find the rest - but it takes a while.

      What I am trying to accomplish is to mark ALL clients with matching specs, so I can bring them up in a "marked" browse or report.
      Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
      972 524 8714
      [email protected]

      ____________________
      "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw

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      • #4
        RE: marking duplicates question

        Martin, I don't know of a 'built in' solution for you.

        However, instead of running the mark dupes operation, and then making a second pass through the table to mark the 'originals', why not do it in one pass?

        Your script could

        open the table
        set index to firstname + lastname + zipcode
        fetch through the table, top to bottom
        store the concatenated values in fname, lname and zip in a single string
        fetch the next
        compare the new concatenated string with the old
        if there's a match back up one rec
        mark record
        fetch one
        mark it too
        then fetch the next and repeat the loop to end of file.

        - tom

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        • #5
          RE: marking duplicates question

          thanks Tom - a nice feature for version 5 would be the option to mark ALL matching records
          Cole Custom Programming - Terrell, Texas
          972 524 8714
          [email protected]

          ____________________
          "A young man who is not liberal has no heart, but an old man who is not conservative has no mind." GB Shaw

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