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Date:   Fri, 12 Sep 2003 14:43:17 -0400
Reply-To:   Howard Schreier <Howard_Schreier@ITA.DOC.GOV>
Sender:   "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:   Howard Schreier <Howard_Schreier@ITA.DOC.GOV>
Subject:   Re: Read in bad text file

I'm a little perplexed. The problem description and the example don't seem to agree. Are there multiple lines per logical record, or just one? What do the dots represent? Is there anything in the file which *reliably* indicates the beginning of a record? What delimiter separates fields? etc.

On Thu, 11 Sep 2003 19:39:29 -0700, PD <sophe88@YAHOO.COM> wrote:

>I have a fixed length text file that is bad. Each record stats with a >person's name, but >returns to next line or the 3rd to end, before next names comes in >line. Example is > >paula d address 1 new york ny 12345 ....................... >.................. Jason D address 1 boston MA 01234 .... >.........Laura D address1 Chicago IL 60092................. >.............................................john d address1 >............... > > >Is that anyway to read it so they will line up like > >paula D address 1 >jason d address 1 >Laura d address 1 >john d address 1 > >Thanks. > >PD


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