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Delete the 1st & last specific character in ITAB's fields

ekekakos
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In most of the fields of an ITAB the1st & last character is " and must be removed.

How can we say: Remove the 1st or the last character in all fields of the ITAB, if it is equal to ".

Thanks

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FredericGirod
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something with replace ?

replace all occurrences of '""' in itab-fieldname with ''.

ekekakos
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I finally found the following:

REPLACE ALL OCCURRENCES OF REGEX '^\"|\"$' IN TABLE it_file_header WITH ''

But I have another serious problem. 4 out of 5 ITABs have amount fields and I am getting the following error:

The table "A" expects a character-like field (in CHAR MODE) or a byte-like field (in BYTE MODE) as its row type.

And I want to avoid LOOPs

Sandra_Rossi
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You can't avoid loops. There are no languages where you can avoid loops (except maybe functional languages).

matt
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Exactly. REPLACE ALL OCCURRENCES is implemented in the ABAP language using loops.

Even functional languages have loops in their compiled form. Without loops, a language cannot be Turing Complete.

ekekakos
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Matthew, Sandra, you misunderstood me. I didn't say to not use LOOPs but to minimize the use especially if ITABs have a lot of records, like mine. I have 5 ITABs with this problem in all character fields and four of them have amount fields and these 4 have more than 100000 records. That's why I wanted to avoid LOOPs.

Thanks