# Indexes and JQL Commands
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jBASE supports a limited mechanism whereby jQL commands such as SORT or SELECT can automatically use any valid secondary index to reduce the search time. This does not involve creating a specific DICTionary item. If for any reason the index cannot be found, or is not up to date (e.g. awaiting a rebuild-index command) then the jQL command will ignore the secondary index and retrieve the information in the usual manner.
At present only a single search pattern can be used in a jQL command. As an example a file will have an index built onto attribute 23 , the customer last name like this:
jsh -->create-index CUSTOMERS lastname BY 23
Assuming there exists a DICTionary definition called LASTNAME that looks like this:
LASTNAME 001 A 002 23 003 Customer Lastname 004 005 006 007 008 009 T 010 20
and there is need to select all customers in that file whose last name equals "COOPER]".
The jQL statement would be :
jsh -->SELECT CUSTOMERS IF LASTNAME EQ "COOPER]"
In this example the index definition is "out of sync", awaiting a rebuild-index command to be performed. Therefore the SELECT would achieve the result by looking through the entire file. If the rebuild-index command is run as:
jsh -->rebuild-index CUSTOMERS lastname
and the SELECT is re-executed , then instead of scanning through the entire CUSTOMERS file, it will look through the index definition "lastname" instead and will therefore execute considerably quicker.
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