I believe the \ preceding the last % makes it a literal % not the wildcard %

"pete M" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote in message 
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> I've got a database table with a whole list of "windows" file paths.
>
> eg
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Microsoft Binder.lnk
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Microsoft Excel.lnk
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Microsoft Office 
> Setup.lnk
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Microsoft Outlook.lnk
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Microsoft PowerPoint.lnk
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Microsoft Word.lnk
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\MS Access Workgroup 
> Administrator.lnk
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\MSCREATE.DIR
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OF97SPEC.INI
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office
> Advent Tower PC\C\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office\1033
>
>
> Now I want my DB query to search for directories .. here's a sample query
> select * from ff_files
> where full_path
> like 'Advent Tower PC\C\freeserve\help\images\%'
>
> doesnt work as the % is taken as a literal '%'
>
> I've aslso tried
> like 'Advent Tower PC\\C\\freeserve\\help\\images\%'
>
> I'm completely lost ..
> all I want is to return all rows that start with
> 'Advent Tower PC\C\freeserve\help\images\'
>
> tia
> Pete 

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