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#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; use Data::Dumper; my $struct; my $depth = -1; while(<DATA>) { my $d = $_ =~ tr/\t//; $struct .= "},\n" x ($depth-$d+1) . "$_ => {"; $depth = $d; } $struct = eval "{" . $struct . "}" x ($depth+2); print Dumper $struct; __DATA__ here is my shot at doing this Since perl is very good at string manipulation this is about the sickest way I could think to make this work out Perhaps this is not the best way but I like it