Problems using a search file

Bernadette Plunkett plunkettbernadette at gmail.com
Tue Mar 5 17:34:57 UTC 2013


Hi Leonid,
sorry I couldn't reply before. Thanks for clearing this up and for the
simple solution.
Bernadette

On 1 March 2013 22:07, Leonid Spektor <spektor at andrew.cmu.edu> wrote:

> Bernadette,
>
> The result you get is because every word in your file is treated as an
> alternative. If you look at the output in Commands window you'll see how
> COMBO is interpreting your search pattern. In case of your example of
> command line below COMBO sees:
>
> combo +s at xwords.txt^*^? *.cha
> (one)+(two)+((three^({*}^?)))
>
> To achieve the result you are looking for you need to either put "^*^?"
> after every word in you file "xwords.txt" or try this command line:
>
> combo +s(@xwords.txt)^*^? *.cha
>
>
> Leonid.
>
>
>
> On Mar 1, 2013, at 13:27, Bernadette Plunkett wrote:
>
> Can anyone help solve a small puzzle.
> I can use combo to search for any word or combination of words followed by
> any text followed by a particular punctuation mark without a problem.
> However, if I try to search for any word in a file I've saved followed by
> any text followed by '?' say, it churns out all instances of the words in
> my file regardless of the punctuation at the end of the utterance.
> I've tried quoting the question mark and this makes no difference.
> Does anyone know if this is simply a bug or does the search string have to
> change when you mention a file?
> I was using a string such as
> combo +s at xwords.txt^*^? *.cha
> thanks,
> Bernadette
>
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