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Right shifted display

by zeni (Beadle)
on Jun 01, 2012 at 12:15 UTC ( #973745=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
zeni has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi Monks,

I know this sounds trivial.

$proj_lib = "XYZ"; printf $xmlfile "%8s","<spirit:library>$proj_name\_lib</spirit:library +>\n"; Output: " <spirit:library>XYZ_lib</spirit:library>"

All i need is a 'right shifted'(8 spaces) display. I wonder what am i missing here!

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Re: Right shifted display
by toolic (Chancellor) on Jun 01, 2012 at 12:21 UTC
    If this is not what you're looking for, show the exact output you need:
    use warnings; use strict; my $proj_name = 'foo'; printf "<spirit:library>%8s\_lib</spirit:library>\n", $proj_name; __END__ <spirit:library> foo_lib</spirit:library>

      I have shown it as

      Desired: '8spaces<spirit:library>XYZ_lib</spirit:library>

Re: Right shifted display
by choroba (Canon) on Jun 01, 2012 at 12:28 UTC
    You probably want
    print $xmlfile ' ' x 8, "<spirit:library>$proj_name\_lib</spirit:libra +ry>\n";
    If not, please be more specific.
Re: Right shifted display
by johngg (Abbot) on Jun 01, 2012 at 12:28 UTC

    Perhaps you want

    printf $xmlfile ' %s', "<spirit:library>$proj_name\_lib</spirit:library>\n";

    but it is difficult to be sure from your description.



Re: Right shifted display
by FunkyMonk (Canon) on Jun 01, 2012 at 12:36 UTC
Re: Right shifted display
by Anonymous Monk on Jun 01, 2012 at 14:17 UTC

    Now that everybody else is commenting, I too recommend that you review how printf is supposed to be called. The correct syntax is:

    printf "%8s%s", "", "<spirit:library>$proj_name\_lib</spirit:library>\ +n";

    This is pretty obviously not the best way to generate eight spaces. Would using a "\t" be completely out of the question?

      This syntax works just fine. But using '\t' is not the best solution as i need some 40 white spaces.

Re: Right shifted display
by GrandFather (Sage) on Jun 02, 2012 at 09:49 UTC

    Maybe Perl's x operator is of interest to you? Consider:

    use strict; use warnings; print ' ' x 8, "<spirit:library>XYZ_lib</spirit:library>\n"; print "12345678^\n";


    <spirit:library>XYZ_lib</spirit:library> 12345678^
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