My Last post was incorrect - sorry. My correct sql statement would be
rlike "(^|;)Midwest(;|$)".

Someone mentioned using Distinct before, which wouldn't work because
Distinct acts on a field, to my understanding, so "Northwest;East" would
be different than "Northwest;South" so it wouldn't really give me the
results I'm looking for. Someone else mentioned FIND_IN_STR, which I had
previously tried. That will find 'North' in 'Northeast' because 'North'
is in the string. Doing a Reg Exp allows me to find exactly what I'm
looking for, but with a little flexability to account for the semicolons
and what not. Hopefully someone else has learned something too :)


Jason Stechschulte wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 27, 2001 at 08:54:04AM -0500, Joseph Koenig wrote:
> > I've got a script that searches a db every night and sends out e-mail if
> > it finds something a person would be interested in, based on criteria
> > they gave us. The problem is that I have one field that stores regions
> > of the country in a very unpleasant way. It stores them as:
> >
> > Northeast;West;South
> >
> > So all of the regions for one record go into one field. The problem is
> > that when searching that, if someone has a preference  of 'North', I
> > dont want to pull records that have 'Northeast', as would happen with
> > the above example. Is there a way to modify the MySQL query so as to
> > find only 'North', keeping in mind that 'North' may be the 3rd in a list
> > of semi-colon separated regions? Or do I need to sift through the
> > results in PHP to clean them up? Thanks,
> You can certainly have MySQL do the work.  I can't modify your query,
> because you didn't give it to us, but I can give you an example.
> <?php
> $sql = select * from your_table where your_column rlike "North(;|$)";
> ?>
> This will do a regular expression match.  If either North with a semicolon
> directly after it or North and the end of the string is found, the
> row will be returned.
> --
> Jason Stechschulte
> --
> If you're going to define a shortcut, then make it the base [sic] darn
> shortcut you can.
>              -- Larry Wall in <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>

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