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Re: Re: Re: Re: Efficient processing of large directory

by BUU (Prior)
on Oct 02, 2003 at 17:51 UTC ( #295990=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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in thread Efficient processing of large directory

Er, why on earth do you tell him to use while and then to use while to do the exact same thing the for loop had been doing previously? Your method is still going to need to build the 17,000 element list and iterate over it, it just uses a more explicit form. A rewrite which gets around this would be simply:
while(my $x = <*.*>) { do_stuff($x); }
This will only read a single file at a time and has no need to create huge lists.

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by merlyn (Sage) on Oct 02, 2003 at 18:54 UTC
Re5: Efficient processing of large directory
by dragonchild (Archbishop) on Oct 02, 2003 at 17:53 UTC
    Because I'm not answering the original question. I'm answering the question "What's the difference between for and while?". In that context (which was obvious from the followup question), does my post make sense?

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