Compare only parts of records?

Compare only parts of records?

karl32

    Jul 27, 2005#1

    I have two test files with identical format, but each file has the extract date and time. When I compare the files, every record is highlighted as unmatched. The character highlights do show that the only discrepant fields are extract date & time, but the file has thousands of records and I must scroll through the entire file to verify that there are no other discrepancies.

    Is it possible to specify that a compare only compare specific columns? For example, in a 100-character record, only compare columns 1-50 & columns 69-100, skipping any comparison of columns 51-68, which contain the extract date and time.

    cmiller
    cmiller

      Aug 18, 2005#2

      I'm looking for the same functionality. Perhaps, a UC veteran can show us how this could be achieved.
      Chris

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        Jan 17, 2007#3

        No answers to this yet?

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        Power UserPower User
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          Jan 17, 2007#4

          Guys,
          I've sent a request into IDM support for functionality similar to what you describe. I got a response from them saying it seemed to be a useful option and it would be passed on to the developers. Send in your requests as well, because the more requests they get, the more likely they will see the demand for this and add it to UC.

          Cheers...

          Frank

          cmiller
          cmiller

            Jan 30, 2007#5

            I have had the Ultraedit and Ultracompare products for so years and would have bet that this column compare feature was just a minor upgrade away. I'm surprised and actually a little frustrated that Ultracompare does not yet have this capability. I love Ultraedit so I will keep purchasing those upgrades, however, I think I can find something better than Ultracompare. Chris [email protected]

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              Feb 25, 2007#6

              hello together

              included and excluded columns=lineposition - good idea
              but what are you thinking about:
              soundex and/or-fuzzy-tolerable search and compare functionality
              columns with date-time-stamps are very simular

              and an other point
              column-including/excluding should work bmho in two ways in UE
              the most of the comparible files are
              fixed format - so all columns has identical length - or
              has separators between columns like TAB ; | or anything else
              so i want to say something like from position to position in line
              or the number of logical separated column

              and thinking more
              what's about sorting by column/position

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                Mar 31, 2007#7

                I have the same need but backwards which I think leads to the same answer. I need to compare only by part(s) of the record (e.g. "person id"). We compare data and data is organized by keys. This would be a great tool for regression.

                In my opinion, UC needs "Compare Key Functionality"

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                  May 13, 2007#8

                  Hi all !

                  Hope that this thread i still alive !

                  I want to compare patterns.
                  But in order to do that, i need to ignore some amounths that all lines end with.

                  I seems that i also, need the ignore columns no. til collum no. functionality !

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                    May 14, 2007#9

                    UltraCompare 5 has among others 2 new features:

                    - Option to specify column ranges to compare
                    - Option to specify column ranges to ignore
                    Best regards from an UC/UE/UES for Windows user from Austria