nice soultions everyone, but sadly not for this problem.
You are all parsing space-seperated data, but
Sasquires data ist in fixed-width fields.
If you've got just a few fixed-width fields,
you might want to try substr. If you have
many fields, I would recommend unpack, like so:
@data = unpack("A8A10A2",$_);
print join(",", @data), "\n";
a b c
the template string "A8A10A2" tells
unpack to look for 8 Ascii Characters,
then 10 Ascii Characters, then 2 Ascii Characters.
unpack is also used a lot in handling binary
data (which I don't understand). I just stick to this
Brigitte 'I never met a chocolate I didnt like' Jellinek