John Whittington <medisci@POWERNET.COM> wrote:
>At 10:24 27/01/99 -0500, Ward, David wrote:
>>Does anyone know of a quick and easy way to obtain the number of lines (i.e.
>>terminated by a carriage return or line feed) in an external file without
>>having the read in the whole file?
>David, as Michael has said, unless there is a known fixed number of bytes
>per line/record, then I don't think there is any way that 'anyone' - whether
>the OS, SAS or 'anyone' else - can possibly ascertain the number of lines
>without examinining the contents of the entire file, effectively
I think that's OS-dependent. The OS *could* keep track of the number of records. The Palm III OS seems to, for some types of objects that it stores. But I don't expect to see SAS running on a palmtop anytime soon.
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