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Re: reading flat file

by tospo (Hermit)
on Oct 03, 2011 at 12:35 UTC ( #929316=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to reading flat file

Welcome to Perl!
This is easily achievd in Perl and the script to do this won't be very long but there are a few things you need to learn. These are:

  • open a file and read line by line (a solution was shown already in a previous reply)
  • use regular expressions to get the named fields (tag/value pairs) out of the line of text. You could also use "split" to first split on spaces to get a list of tag/value pairs and then split on the "=" for each one to get the tag and the value.
  • read the data into a hash - find out what hashes are and how to populate them and read from them.
Have a go at a short script. Doesn't matter if it doesn't work at first. Post it here if it doesn't work and you will receive more help. Good luck!

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