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Re: Padding strings for a flat file

by Tyke (Pilgrim)
on Mar 27, 2001 at 12:43 UTC ( #67461=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Padding strings for a flat file

An approach I've found useful to construct records is to define a template line consisting of spaces (and any data that doesn't change from record to record), and then insert the fields using substr. This way you don't need to worry about padding.
#!perl -w use strict; my $template = ' ' x 60; sub insert { my (undef, $field, $position) = @_; substr($_[0], $position, length($field)) = $field; } my $record = $template; insert($record, 'abc', 0); insert($record, 'ghi', 6); print "[$record]\n";
Thanks to Dominus for reminding me of the argument changing trick used by insert to change the record.

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