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dmahling 01-03-2008 12:43 PM

wildcard searches
I am looking for items that contain the string "*".
So I use advanced search:

(Item) "matches wildcard"[*]

but eventhough there are items containing * and **, none show up. What am I doing wrong?

ashwken 01-03-2008 12:57 PM

Try the search against the (Item Text) attribute and this change.

(Item Text) "matches wildcard" *[*]

dmahling 01-03-2008 01:06 PM

not *[*] nor [*]* nor *[*]* works
thanks for the reply. I tried all these different ways. Nothing.
Even [?] which should find a single question mark in items and their attributes returns the empty search set.

ashwken 01-03-2008 01:20 PM

1 Attachment(s)

I created two text Items, each of which contains the following text string in the Detail Pane of the Item:

This file contains *


This file contains **

both Items were returned in the Search Results, see screen shot:

dmahling 01-03-2008 01:32 PM

YES -> ItemText
Thanks Ashwken!
They key is to pick the ItemText field. If you pick (Item) it wont do it.

kinook 01-03-2008 01:33 PM

To search for items whose text contains a *, use

Item Text matches wildcard *[*]*

Note that Item Text, not (Item), must be specified to perform an extended phrase search (since * is not a keyworded symbol).
[*] will only match on text exactly equal to *
*[*] will only match on text ending with *

ashwken 01-03-2008 01:45 PM


Thanks for the clarification, this is helpful.

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