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Re: how to update a field of a record in a large text file

by mickeyn (Priest)
on Mar 07, 2006 at 10:36 UTC ( #534876=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to how to update a field of a record in a large text file

assuming you are familiar with the use of regular expressions (see 'perldoc perlre' if not), what you want is to perform a substitution using regular expression on this record.

to do it on a text file - I recommend tie'ing the file to an array and perform the substitution on the array. take a look at Tie::File.


use Tie::File; tie @array, 'Tie::File', 'test'; foreach (@array){ s/RECORD/NEW RECORD/g; } untie @array;


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Re^2: how to update a field of a record in a large text file
by CountZero (Bishop) on Mar 07, 2006 at 10:54 UTC
    That supposes of course that you know beforehand the content of the record to be searched (perhaps you only know its ID) and enough info on its fields to construct the regex to immediately replace the data of the field to be changed.


    "If you have four groups working on a compiler, you'll get a 4-pass compiler." - Conway's Law

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