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tquery -- Create a new table from selected rows and columns of an old table.


tquery intable outtable expr columns sort


This task combines the functions of the tasks tselect, tproject, and tsort to create a more powerful task that can produce a sorted table of user-selected rows and columns. It can be used whenever you want to do more than one of these operations without creating intermediate tables. This task creates a new table containing a subset of the rows and columns in an old table. The rows in the new table can be sorted on any column or combination of columns. The select, project, and sort operations are controlled by the parameters expr, columns, and sort, respectively. If the value of any of these parameters is a null or blank string, the corresponding operation is not performed. Otherwise, the rows are selected whenever the row meets the conditions defined by expr; columns are selected by the columns parameter, and rows are sorted on the columns named in sort. The hidden parameter uniq is used to eliminate duplicate rows from the output table. The hidden parameter ascend sorts the table in ascending order, and the parameter casesens specifies whether sort conditions are to be case sensitive.


intable [file name template]
Table(s) from which rows are copied. If input is redirected, this parameter will ignored and input will be read from STDIN instead.
outtable [file name template]
The new table(s) containing the copied rows. The number of output tables must equal the number of input tables.
expr [string]
The boolean expression which determines which rows are copied to the new table. The expression may be placed in a file and the name of the file preceeded by a @ can be given in its place. If the expression is null or blank, all rows are selected. The syntax and method used to define this boolean expression is explained in detail in the help file for the tselect task (type "help tselect" for more information).
columns [string]
Column template describing the columns that are to be selected from the old table. A column template consists of a list of column names, which can include wildcard characters. The column names, or patterns, are separated by commas or white space. The list of columns can be placed in a file and then the name of that file passed to columns (preceded by the "@" character). If the first non-white character in the template is the negation character (either "~" or "!"), the new table will contain those columns that do NOT match the column template. If the column template is null or blank, all columns will be selected.
sort [string]
Column template describing the columns to be sorted. The first column name is the primary sort key with subsequent columns used to break ties. If this parameter is null or blank, no sort will be done.
(uniq = no) [boolean]
Make sure all rows are unique in a table?

If unique is set to "yes", only one of each set of duplicate rows is included in the output table. All columns in the output table must be identical for the row to be removed. String comparisons are case sensitive. Care should be used in setting this option for large tables, as it significantly increases the running time.

(ascend = yes) [boolean]
Should sorts be performed in ascending order?

If ascend = yes, the table is sorted in ascending order, with the first row containing the smallest value of the sorted column. Otherwise, the table is sorted in descending order, with the largest value first.

(casesens = yes) [boolean]
Are sort operations case sensitive?

If casesens = yes, sorts on character columns are case sensitive, with upper case letters preceding lower case. Otherwise, the sort is not case sensitive.


1. Extract all binary stars from a catalog; write their names, magnitudes, and colors to a new table, sorted on magnitude:

tt> tquery binary name,mag,color mag

2. Remove duplicate rows from a set of tables. Otherwise, leave the tables unchanged. Using file name editing (i.e., the "%" characters to delineate old strings and new strings), change the file name extensions from ".tab" to ".tbl".

tt> tquery *.tab *.%tab%tbl% "" "" "" uniq+


Column names must be set off from operators by blanks in the expression so that they can be correctly parsed by the expression evaluator.


This task was written by Bernie Simon.


tsort, tselect, tproject

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