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Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:17 PM »
the developers are stuck in the early 00's  ;D
That would be a very good excuse to handle 'weird' input correctly, as there where tricks in the DOS days to manipulate an application through the username... ;D

Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:06 PM »
Well, after copying the 'name' from the browser debugger (tried both Firefox and Chrome, latest non-developer releases), my text editors say it's a set of 4 and 5 0x1A characters (26 decimal, ASCII symbol 'Substitute', or ^Z/Ctrl-Z) separated by a space, quite unlikely that's a real name, whatever encoding or character set it might be, must have a deeper meaning, as ^Z used to be EOF (End Of File) for text files, way back when... :huh:

The only rendering engine that is actually showing something (and installed on my laptop) is Chromium (Chrome/Vivaldi), neither Firefox, Edge or IE show anything, so that might make Chrome-based browsers a tad more informative.

I would have expected SMF to filter out/reject any non-rendering characters from usernames, but obviously that's not a test-case for them.


But I need ad-hoc answers, it's not about a specific thing I try to achieve, but mostly to learn

In that case be as clear as you can be, by asking fully documented questions, meaning: (and I've said this before)
  • provide a complete file with input data, if you have to anonymize it, then only the data should be altered, not the structure
  • ask as explicit and unambiguous as possible
  • give an example of the desired/expected output, based on the input data

This entire thread is full of examples of you not following these business-standard rules...

Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post
« on: August 22, 2018, 02:51 AM »
Someone made an 'invisible' accountname:
Screenshot - 22-08-2018 , 09_49_19.png


Any idea why the below does not work?
As usual you are asking half questions without *any* documentation. And you still haven't answered all previous questions, as requested, (and even have asked new questions in the half-baked 'answer') so in my book, you're not yet ready to ask new questions.

How can I do that?
That's why we asked more specific questions, but you never answered them.
So then I gave you the assignment of answering all our unanswered questions, but you haven't done that up until now, so basically, we are waiting (but not holding our breath) for your answers, before accepting new questions. :(

O.M.G. :huh:

General Software Discussion / Re: Splinter
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:06 AM »
"hey, if your app is dope and you want to publish the source into a specific software category forum, we will look it over and if it meets whatever standards, you have a spot for a thread dedicated to such n such"
That would only happen if we lived in an ideal world..., IMHO

Or on DonationCoder, but as there is no way other than sharing a .zip file or your own (dcmembers-) site for sharing source, we usually point to github for that :-[

It is the result of how windows account separation works.
Search is done by a background/service process, and that process is running under another (system) account, not your current-user account. Drive mappings are specific to user accounts, so the service process can't know how your mappings are configured. To start the search, Explorer hands down the unc path of the folder to the search process, so search doesn't have a clue you are even using a mapped drive. Translating that back to a user-local mapped drive is a job for the application receiving the path to the file, as Explorer doesn't do that for you. (Retrieve all mapped drives and substitute the mapping-unc path part with the mapped drive in the found filepath).

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: August 14, 2018, 06:23 AM »
First I had the sWeather directory in C:\Program Files (x86) which is privileged
-theinfinitypoint (August 14, 2018, 04:51 AM)
This is portable software, and thus shouldn't be installed in Program Files or other protected directories.
Settings are stored in an .ini file in the directory where the .exe is found.

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:39 AM »
Have you tried switching to https:// mode in the settings? AFAICS, sWeather only uses port 80 (http) or 443 (https) for communicating with the Yahoo API, and that would be really funny if blocked by your router.

Do you have an add-blocking dns service in use, maybe a Pi-hole or something similar, or a provider-applied filter? It can be set to block any url that's Yahoo-like...

OK, so the input is:
    <html:prod id="prod1">

The above continues to prod2 etc.

The output of the data would be:
prod1; PRD; PRD_XE; 10004; 2018-07-23; REPAIRS; REP_XE; ED
Then a new line would start with:
prod2; etc

That finally makes some sense. Here is an example solution for putting that into a .csv formatted file.
You didn't give the specification for that html: namespace though. (But as it's the only namespace used, for data-extraction it can be filtered out)

  But, earlier in this thread you wrote this:
 <BOTANICAL>Sanguinaria canadensis</BOTANICAL>
 <LIGHT>Mostly Shady</LIGHT>
Well guys, the data is what I posted in my last post (Plants),
It doesn't even look a teensy bit like this new data you've given just now, are you playing us?

However, I want to convert the input data in a string, because, I may need to match longer substrings than eg "<html:classificationType>(.+?)</html:classificationType>"
You are talking b.s. here.

Also, I think there may be duplicates for each prod, e.g. more than one assignedDate node with different values, so MatchAll would be best.
This doesn't make sense without an example, and MatchAll is inappropriate here.

extract the appropriate regex
(This could have been bigger and in red, but I'm trying to stay nice, so I didn't)
If you want to learn regex, go get a book or on-line course, there are plenty here and here, and stop feeding us xml.

When handling XML, no regexes are usually involved, unless the data elements contain 'complex', somewhat structured, data that needs to be broken down.

I have this assignment for you:
- read the entire thread from OP to the end and formulate an answer to all unanswered questions we asked you. (Just quote the question and type the answer below the quote)
After all the answers are given you can ask 1 new question. As 4wd already stated, and you said yourself but in other words, you aren't good in answering questions, but it is required for other people to help you solve your challenge/quest.

Also, I want to run sequential several regex matches with their own references, one by one and append each result to the output file.
You have to make clear whether the results from the separate queries have any positional relation to each other, or can the queries be run one after the other and the output of the second, third, etc., runs appended to the first regex run?

Name, Matches, Groups, Value, something standard in Powershell or they are random variables names?
4wd did a fine job of explaining all the special chars / shortcuts he used in the post just above yours.
Name is the standard attribute holding, wait for it..., the name of the object.
Matches, Groups and Value are attributes of the Regex resulttype Match (.NET, the base of Powershell, as I explained earlier), containing an entire match, all groups found in the regex provided, with Groups[0] holding the entire result and Group[1] etc. reflecting the standard regex \1 result etc, and value holding the found value, usually the same as Groups[0].

most of my questions are for my own understanding and may not directly relate to the specific problem.
You obviously don't understand what we wrote earlier. I already gave 2 (two) possible ways how to handle that. And there are other solutions too.
To spell it out, again:
  • Use a programming or script language
  • Use sed
  • And a third solution to add to the confusion: Use awkw

Coding Snacks / Re: Custom WinPE build
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:20 AM »
It seems to me that he's running games.  In a console cabinet.  Which means he's probably running one of those book sized machines.
Yes, on a system with 16GB of memory (as it seems) and a quad-core, if that won't perform properly, what else will?... As said, I think he's hunting for ghosts. Overclocking, or selecting a higher frequency CPU, will add more bang than running Win PE with all it's limitations.

Coding Snacks / Re: Custom WinPE build
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:06 AM »
You seem to run it on a quad-core CPU with HT. What horrible amount of media do you need to run simultaneously that can't be handled by a normal Windows? Or is it a whoofully inefficient/old system?
And there are ample recipes for stopping any unneeded Windows services, might that be a bottleneck.
IMHO, you are hunting for ghosts.

Btw, do you have a solution for the (free and forced, but usually undesired) reboot after running Win PE for 72 hours?

You obviously don't understand what we wrote earlier. I already gave 2 (two) possible ways how to handle that. And there are other solutions too.

Like 4wd, I'll pick up again after you start giving complete examples of real pieces of a data file with exact descriptions of what you want to achieve, not of descriptions of how you think it should be handled/solved.

Can anyone tell me please how to find a regex in a file and append it to a file? Also, how to loop that? Last, how to find the next regex match in the file?
Well, the trouble is you'll have to do it in some script or programming language, as regex is actually a selection mechanism using pattern matching ('regular expressions').
For such a task I'd advise to use sed, the Stream EDitor, originally from unix, but also available for Windows, that is built for jobs like this.
I've made a Sed-Tester tool for NANY a couple years back, find it from the link below this post and try it out, it includes sed.exe, and has a link to sed documentation in the gui.
You can also continue on the PS-script 4wd gave here earlier, but that doesn't go through the data sequentially in the way sed does.

If I could convert the XML file in a flat structured file
Converting your .xml to .csv is a quite easy one-liner in Powershell, assuming a single xml file, into a single .csv file:
Code: PowerShell [Select]
  1. $([xml]$(Get-Content .\kalos-data1.xml)).SelectNodes("/CATALOG/PLANT")|Export-Csv .\kalos-data1.csv
The reason it wasn't working for you was probably that you didn't account for xml to be case-sensitive.

Parsing an .xml file containing CDATA tags with a regex is close to impossible to get right, as nearly any content is possible inside such CDATA tag, including valid xml...

Guys, the more I am looking on it, the more I am convinced that Regex would be the best solution.
Please listen to people with more (programming) experience than you have, you are really trying to hammer round screws into square holes here, don't do that, you'll hurt yourself.

it will limit my learning a lot
Well, please first try to learn how to describe your challenge well, a tutorial was linked earlier by 4wd, then we will try to teach you how to best solve your challenge. It may not need regex at all.

A common saying about regexes goes like this: You try to solve a problem with a regex. Now you've got 2 problems...


 <BOTANICAL>Sanguinaria canadensis</BOTANICAL>
 <LIGHT>Mostly Shady</LIGHT>

A couple of questions:
  • In what way do these totally different types/forms of data relate to each other?
  • Are they from different files?
    • Is the first file some sort of definition file and the second the actual data?
    • Is the first part embedded in a CDATA tag like this: "<![CDATA[ your non-xml-formed data like in the first quote goes here ]]>" ?
  • Please provide the exact filenames.

Now we are getting somewhere, sort of.

You only didn't tell what other parts of the data you need extracted from each record, besides the ui_mode field, and what the identifying field is that should go in the first column of the csv output you suggested earlier.

Is your second line a question?
Yes, 2 actually.

Now we are getting somewhere, sort of.

You only didn't tell what other parts of the data you need extracted from each record, besides the ui_mode field, and what the identifying field is that should go in the first column of the csv output you suggested earlier.

This example is totally useless. >:(

Please extract 2 or 3 of those (complete) product records from your actual data file. Optionally replace confidential stuff (data, prices)with aaaaa, bbbbb, 1.23, etc., but leave the structure exactly as it is!
Then post that here.

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