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LSET left-justifies a fixed length string expression based on the size of the STRING variable and string expression.


LSET {stringVariable = stringExpression | stringExpression1 = stringExpression2}


  • If the string expression is longer than a fixed length string variable the value is truncated from the right side in LSET or RSET.
  • If the LSET string expression is smaller, spaces will occupy the extra positions to the right in the string.
  • LSET can be used with a FIELD or TYPE definition to set the buffer position before a PUT.


Example 1: Using LSET with a FIELD definition. Note: May create an empty (unchanged) file that can be deleted.

OPEN "testfile.dat" FOR RANDOM AS #1 LEN = 15 FIELD 1, 6 AS a$, 9 AS other$ FIELD 1, 2 AS b$, 13 AS another$ LSET a$ = "1234567890" LSET other$ = "1234567890" PRINT a$, b$, other$, another$ CLOSE #1

123456 12 123456789 3456123456789

Example 2: How LSET can define two different string length values in one statement.

TYPE ninestring head AS STRING * 9 END TYPE TYPE fivestring head AS STRING * 5 END TYPE DIM me AS ninestring, you AS fivestring me.head = "ACHES NOT" CLS LSET you.head = me.head PRINT "me.head: "; me.head PRINT "you.head: "; you.head

me.head: ACHES NOT you.head: ACHES

See also

Keyword Reference - Alphabetical
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