On Jan 21, 3:11 ¨Βν¬ Ννγομμι°ΝοΌννγίγομμ®®®ΐωαθοο®γονχςοτεΊ
> >> So if my Date1 has any value after it, I will have to have a string
> >> wildcard, correct? What are you all using for wildcards? Thanks, MC
>
> > I don't know what you mean.
>
> Well what I meant was that I don't understand how to check if a line in
> the text file contains at least 'Date1'.
>
> So anytime it the line has at least contains Date1, then it should be
> ignored in my code. I thought that I could use the regular expression
> such as:
>
> if word != /Date1/
>
> however, I can't use the reg ex and don't know how to do that with a
> string. I was thinking there is a wild card so that I could use
> something like: if word !~ "Date1*" with '*' being any value after
> Date1.
>
> Thanks, MC
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If you want to check only whether line contains 'Date1' you can simply
use

line.include? 'Date1'