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Determine when end of file is encountered
EOF() --> lBoundary
EOF() returns true (.T.) when an attempt is made to move the record
pointer beyond the last logical record in a database file; otherwise, it
returns false (.F.). If there is no database file open in the current
work area, EOF() returns false (.F.). If the current database file
contains no records, EOF() returns true (.T.).
EOF() is a database function used to test for an end of file boundary
condition when the record pointer is moving forward through a database
file. Any command that can move the record pointer can set EOF().
The most typical application is as a part of the <lCondition> argument
of a DO WHILE construct that sequentially processes records in a
database file. Here <lCondition> would include a test for .NOT. EOF(),
forcing the DO WHILE loop to terminate when EOF() returns true (.T.).
EOF() and FOUND() are often used interchangeably to test whether a SEEK,
FIND, or LOCATE command failed. With these commands, however, FOUND()
When EOF() returns true (.T.), the record pointer is positioned at
LASTREC() + 1 regardless of whether there is an active SET FILTER or SET
DELETED is ON. Further attempts to move the record pointer forward
return the same result without error. Once EOF() is set to true (.T.),
it retains its value until there is another attempt to move the record
By default, EOF() operates on the currently selected work area. It can
be made to operate on an unselected work area by specifying it within an
aliased expression (see example below).
. This example demonstrates EOF() by deliberately moving the
record pointer beyond the last record:
? EOF() // Result: .F.
? EOF() // Result: .T.
. This example uses aliased expressions to query the value of
EOF() in unselected work areas:
USE Sales NEW
USE Customer NEW
. This example illustrates how EOF() can be used as part of a
condition for sequential database file operations:
USE Sales INDEX CustNum NEW
DO WHILE !EOF()
nOldCust := Sales->CustNum
nTotalAmount := 0
DO WHILE nOldCust = Sales->CustNum .AND. (!EOF())
? Sales->CustNum, Sales->Description, ;
nTotalAmount += Sales->SaleAmount
? "Total amount: ", nTotalAmount
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