Seek and Ye Shall Find

This code displays the last line of a text file in a message box. Basically, it shows everything after the last linefeed.

Sub FindDStamp()
Dim Fname As String, LastLine As String
Dim Fnum As Long, i As Long
Dim CarRet As String
Fname = “C:DickTesterFindLast2.txt”
Fnum = FreeFile
Open Fname For Input As Fnum
For i = LOF(Fnum) To 1 Step -1
    Seek #Fnum, i
    CarRet = Input(1, #Fnum)
    If CarRet = vbCr Or CarRet = vbCrLf Then
        Line Input #Fnum, LastLine
        MsgBox LastLine
        Close Fnum
        Exit Sub
    End If
Next i
End Sub

I’ve never really had occasion to use this, except to answer a newsgroup post a while back (His last line was a date stamp, that’s why this procedure has a funny name). But it does demonstrate some of the text file handling functions that are available.

The poster who needed this had a very large text file, so starting from the top to get to the last line wasn’t an option for him. Seek to the rescue.

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One thought on “Seek and Ye Shall Find

  1. hello,

    would you be able to modify this so it will just return the number of lines in the text file?

    I can’t seem to find anything on this…

    thanks!
    Jesse

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