How do I get the fields after a string

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# 1  
Old 11-29-2001
How do I get the fields after a string

I have a file with long lines of comma separated data and I want the 2 fields following the occurence of a string,
Input: A, B, C, D, E
Search String: B
Output: C, D

Search String: GH
Output: JKL, MNO

Any suggestions on how I can do this will be appreciated.
# 2  
Old 11-30-2001
#! /usr/bin/ksh

OSTRING="A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H"
STRING=$(echo $OSTRING | sed s/,//g)

integer found

while (($# && found<3)) ; do
        if ((!found)) ; then
                [[ $1 = $SEARCH ]] && found=1

case $found in
0)      echo $SEARCH not found
1)      echo $SEARCH was last item in $OSTRING
2)      echo $SEARCH was followed only by ${RESULT[1]}
3)      echo ${RESULT[1]}, ${RESULT[2]}

exit 0

# 3  
Old 12-04-2001
Looks kinda like one of our gurus just did an homework problem for someone because they are such kind, wonderful forumists Smilie ...... we need to be careful not to let students post homework problems to the boards, right?

Simple... A, B, Cs........ are a clue to H/W problems to me......
# 4  
Old 12-04-2001
Sorry Neo not always true, in this case this query is a business related problem I was stuck with, and my other contacts could not help me.

I am polite/cautious because this is my first forum and still getting used to netiquette(?).

I describe the problem a simply as possible to help those who could help me and to leave out the business confidental data.

Sorry if my behaviour has the appearance of a student. I will get into the swing of this with practise.
# 5  
Old 12-04-2001
PS. Here is how I eventually solved this problem after researching the awk on the Internet.

echo "A,B,C,D,E" |awk ' \
{print substr( $0, index($0, "B"), 5)}' |awk ' \
BEGIN {FS=","} \
{print $2, $3}'

However I now have new problem with this solution: The data is sometimes too long for awk , am getting the error,

awk: record `search string' too long
record number 506

Does anyone know how long a string can be?

Also is there any way to split the line into lengths that awk can handle. I'm sure the data I want would be in the first part of the input string.
# 6  
Old 12-05-2001
Still smells like homework..... Smilie

What is the practical business problem you are solving?
# 7  
Old 12-05-2001
OK .. OK. Here is some background.
We have an old application for selling Insurance policies. The new replacement application has got to be as quick as the old, which I doubt. I am looking at the old applications log file. I've been asked how many Insurance policies we sell as an indication of the load the new application must handle? I've worked that out (average 5/minute). Now they want to know how much money this represents per minute. So I need the two fields after the word "policy" occurs in the log file so I can caluculate how much each policy is worth.

PS. I've found the command, fold so I am piping the log file through "fold -w 2000" first before using the awk
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