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pp2014
Fluorite | Level 6

I have following data in Text file separated by ;  delimiter.  I want only the email addresses separated by ; delimiter.

 

Input:

 

Doe, John <john.doe@abc.com>;Smith, Jeff <jeff.smith@abc.com>; lever, dave <dave.lever@abc.com>;

 

Output should be:

john.doe@abc.com;jeff.smith@abc.com;dave.lever@abc.com

 

 

Any help in this will be greatly appreciated.

 

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Reeza
Super User

You'll need to read them separately. You can concatenate them back together with a CATX function and drop fields you don't need. 

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Reeza
Super User

Look at scan function with <> as delimiters. 

Is your data structure exactly this all the time?

Reeza
Super User

Look at scan function with <> as delimiters. 

Is your data structure exactly this all the time?

pp2014
Fluorite | Level 6

Yes, the  structure is exactly same all the time

Reeza
Super User

Are already reading in the file with three separate fields or as one long text field. Where in the process of reading the file are you, what does your code look like so far?

Reeza
Super User

 

Something like the following should get you started. 

 

Data want;

informat name1-name3 $30. Email1-email3 $50.;

imfile filepath dlm=';<>' DSD Truncover ;

input name1 $ email1$ name2$ email2 $ ...;

run;

pp2014
Fluorite | Level 6

It can be considered 3 separate fields.

 

Final output should have only email addresses separated by ; delimiter

Reeza
Super User

You'll need to read them separately. You can concatenate them back together with a CATX function and drop fields you don't need. 

pp2014
Fluorite | Level 6

Thanks Reeza for all the help...

pp2014
Fluorite | Level 6

I am trying to read the email_list file and output only email addresses separated by semi-column.  But my code goes into a loop.

Can anybody help me in this??

 

email_file.txt has following records:

 

Doe, John <john.doe@abc.com>;Smith, Jeff <jeff.smith@abc.com>; lever, dave <dave.lever@abc.com>

 

 

Below is my code:

data test;
length text $32767;

infile 'c\email_file.txt' lrecl=32767 dsd dlm='09'x truncover;

input text $;

run;

data t1;
set test;
length tx3 $500;
tx3="";
tx1=text;
do until (length(cats(tx1))=0);
space_position = INDEX(tx1, '<');
slash_position = INDEX(tx1, '>');
space_to_slash = slash_position - space_position;
tx2 = substr(tx1, space_position+1, space_to_slash-1);
tx3=cats(tx3,tx2,";");
tx4=substr(tx1,find(tx1,";")+1);
tx1=tx4;
end;
run;

 

 

Reeza
Super User

Why didn't you use the SCAN function as suggested?


If your data is as indicated, only 3 emails per line you don't need all of that. Assuming that the text string is being read in correctly - which you should test first - this works for me.

 


data test;
length text $32767;

infile 'c\email_file.txt' lrecl=32767 dsd dlm='09'x truncover;

input text $; email1 = scan(text, 2, "<>;"); email2 = scan(text, 4, "<>;"); email3 = scan(text, 6, "<>;"); want = catx(";", of email1-email3);
keep want;
run;
pp2014
Fluorite | Level 6

I have almost 170 email addresses..  Anyway I was able to fix my code.   Thanks Reeza for help...

Reeza
Super User

@pp2014 wrote:

Yes, the  structure is exactly same all the time


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