I am selecting a field in a database called description for keyword 
searching.  The field contains names of people, states, years, etc.
someone searches for say "holmes north carolina" the query searches for 
exactly that, fields which have "holmes north carolina", and not fields 
that contaim holmes, north, and carolina.  So I run a str_replace to 
replace all spaces with *, which turns it into "holmes*north*carolina", 
but say that north carolina is before holmes in the field, it won't
those fields (it only returns fields in which holmes is infront of north

carolina).  So how can I have it return all fields which contain all 
the words holmes, north, and carolina in any order, in that field?

You don't say which database you are using, but several allow for full
text searching of fields where the order is inconsequential. The
behaviour you describe is preceisely how most (if not all) databases
will return a search on a "standard" column type.

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