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Count occurrences of a character in a string

I've got a billion (not literally) files to iterate over and I keep finding that I don't have as much control as I think I do.


My files are named with the following nomenclature: NOTE.(lastname).(firstname).(Type).(Date)



My goal is to count the number of occurrences of a period " . " to make sure that the Flow that produced this file:

1. Named it correctly (I don't have any control over that between Flow sending the file to OneDrive and it hitting someone's Outlook inbox...)

2. There are an appropriate number of pieces to take out of the string so that PAD won't blow itself up with an error. (Assuming someone's fingers have been all over the file name... or the origination of the file failed to correctly name the file.)


I've resigned myself to simply taking the string apart piecemeal for each iteration to isolate what data I need, again, piecemeal. If the string contains different aspects each time it'll be impossible to design one flow to iterate every possible combination of strings. I don't want to manually review all these files one at a time to make sure they're made of the right components. Instead I want to be able to pick out the ones are "complete" and disregard the ones that aren't.


Desired result:

Note.John Deer.Type.2021-11-19 (Would be ignored)

Note.Jane.Doe.Type.2021-10-27 (Would get picked up and iterated)


Any idea how to make this happen in PAD?


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Super User
Super User

You could use "Parse text" 
%Positions.count% would tell you how many . you have in your filename



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Super User
Super User

You could use "Parse text" 
%Positions.count% would tell you how many . you have in your filename



Dope! I'll give it a try. Thanks for the aid, Highboy!

Works like a charm!


I've got my flow working for me now rather than against me! Thanks again, Highboy!!!

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