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Find string anywhere in dbf tables

Find string anywhere in dbf tables

Find string anywhere in dbf tables


I'm migrating data from an old dbf database and need to only migrate certain info.  I'm looking for a specific string, so that I migrate the info from the correct table.  Rather than searching through every table (over 200 of them), is there any way I can use SQL to find the string in the tables.  I have a T-SQL script that I've used on MS SQL Server, but it doesn't seem to want to work on the dbf tables.

Does anyone knwo of a little trick I can use to find the string?  Any help would be much appreciated.

RE: Find string anywhere in dbf tables

The AT command is used in dbase to test a field for a specific string.  But it is field specific.   You could right a routine that would check every field for this value if needed.   But you appear to need this to happen outside that environment.  If that is the case there may be a better forum to post this question.

Jim C.

RE: Find string anywhere in dbf tables

Perhaps you could use a search program such as AgentRansack (a free version) which can locate the text string in any file, then just scan those tables for matching records.

RE: Find string anywhere in dbf tables

Once you determine which tables contain the text strings, you can find the record numbers (or do more by modifying code):


DO ScanFlds WITH "MySearchText", "C:\data\filename.dbf"

PARAMETER cSrchText, cPathName
* using DO WHILE since sometimes SCAN fails
* subtle bug - not sure if limited to dBase for DOS version 5
   lRecFound = .F.
   FOR xFld = 1 TO FLDCOUNT()
      cFld = FIELD(xFld)
    * If you want to ignore case
    * IF TYPE(cFld) = "C" .AND. UPPER(cSrchText) $ UPPER(EVALUATE(cFld))
      IF TYPE(cFld) = "C" .AND. cSrchText $ EVALUATE(cFld)
         lRecFound = .T.
   IF lRecFound
      ? "Found text in record #"+LTRIM(STR(RECNO())) ;
         + " field: "+cFld+"="+EVALUATE(cFld)
      * matching record found - insert code here

RE: Find string anywhere in dbf tables

Just tried out Agent Ransack and it worked like a charm - thanks :)

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