On 2/7/2013 4:57 PM, Stan wrote: > Here is an unstructured text file (chess_mov.out) that I have: > > abc > abc a134 > def r5234sdgh > gsgfs 6y856 words > > Nmoves=84 (chess win) > Nrequired=101 (chess win maximum moves requested) > > ghsdfg564 > assdg 656756 > text ddg3434t5 > > I need to: > a. ignore all header lines that come before the line starting with > 'Nmoves'. For this part, I need to first search for the line where the > string 'Nmoves' occurs and ignore all lines before it. The number of > lines before the string 'Nmoves' is 4 for this example only, but it is > not always fixed. > b. extract the numbers that come after 'Nmoves' and 'Nrequired'. So, in > this case, the numbers I need are 84 and 101. > > I have tried this with textscan. The problem is that this is an > unstructured text file and textscan is having a lot of problems picking > up a fixed pattern. > > Question: > How can I extract the numbers that come after 'Nmoves' and 'Nrequired'?