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Any way to scan a textfile and delete everything after the first : in each line?

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Woohoo! Back again for more assistance!

So. Does anyone know a way this is possible?

Basically. I will have a textfile that will be....






And I wish to have an app that will read all of the text in each line, then remove EVERYTHING after the first : it comes across in it.

Making the output, look like this.






Even if there are multiple :`s in the line of text, I just want it to leave everything before the very first marker.

Anyone have a clue? <3 You have all been so helpful thus far~ It would be very lovely. Might even want to take this to a textbox input for "Keyword to split text?" and just put a : in it, or other trigger word.

However that is not necessary, and can come later to be played with <3 For now. This is all I would need to finish my script.

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- Read the file into an array with _FileReadToArray.

- Loop through the file using StringInStr to get the position of the first ":".

- Use StringMid or StringLeft to get the charracters to the left of that point and reassign them to the array element.

- Finally use _FileWriteToArray to rewrite the file. ;)


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Try this one-liner:

FileWrite("out.txt", StringRegExpReplace(FileRead("in.txt"), "(?m)^([^:]*?)(:.*)$", "$1"))

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Other examples, with and without colons:-

If FileExists("in.txt") = 0 Then FileWrite("in.txt", _
        "ejkhfjkhf:jkhdkjhdkjhdedi77d38g239dg9g9" & @CRLF & _
        "jefdhwejkhfwef8h:wejifhwejhwef" & @CRLF & _
        "wehdfwejh:ewfg287gf8723gf" & @CRLF & _
        "323rRfef3:f39f78g39fg93f:Lfui23hf2L23fu2hfui2f:32fih" & @CRLF & _

ConsoleWrite("------ jchd without colon.-------" & @LF)
;FileWrite("out.txt", StringRegExpReplace(FileRead("in.txt"), "(?m)^([^:]*?)(:.*)$", "$1")) ; jchd without colon.
ConsoleWrite(StringRegExpReplace(FileRead("in.txt"), "(?m)^([^:]*?)(:.*)$", "$1") & @LF) ; jchd without colon.

ConsoleWrite("------ Results with colon.-------" & @LF)
ConsoleWrite(StringRegExpReplace(FileRead("in.txt"), "([^:]*?:).*", "$1") & @LF) ; Results with colon.

ConsoleWrite("------ Results without colon.-----" & @LF)
ConsoleWrite(StringRegExpReplace(FileRead("in.txt"), "(:.*)", "") & @LF) ; Without colon, results same as jchd's.


    ------ jchd without colon.-------
    ------ Results with colon.-------
    ------ Results without colon.-----
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Gosh I love you guys <3 Most helpful support forum I have ever visited, every time I have my answer within a day <3 Love you all, Like`s all around!


Erm >< The first script by jchd worked...but it removed linebreaks as well. So I cant identified what is what.

And the second seemed to just delete everything o-o

Ill poke them around abit to see if I can fix them~ But if I dont, Please post a way to <3



FileWrite("out.txt", StringRegExpReplace(FileRead("in.txt"), "(:.*)", @CRLF) & @LF)

thanks the the help folks <3

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