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In addition to reviewing the post and accompanying replies linked by davido, please consider the following code. As noted in the previous discussion, split cannot be made to throw an exception if it finds nothing on which to split. Validation of input must be done separately. If you want the process to actually abort on any of the invalid conditions in the code below, replace warn wherever it appears with die (and also remove the associated  and next LINE expressions, although leaving them in will make no difference; they are simply redundant when used with die).

>perl -wMstrict -le "my @lines = ( 'ABCD', 'A|B|C|D', 'A,B,C|D', 'A,B,C', 'A,B,C,D,E', 'A,B,C,D'); ;; LINE: for my $line (@lines) { print qq{processing '$line'}; ;; warn qq{'$line' has no comma} and next LINE if not $line =~ m{,}xms; warn qq{'$line' has nasty pipe} and next LINE if $line =~ m{ \| }xms; ;; warn qq{not exactly 4 fields in '$line'} and next LINE if 4 != (my ($s, $a, $c, $r) = split /,/, $line); ;; print qq{success: s '$s' a '$a' c '$c' r '$r'}; } " processing 'ABCD' 'ABCD' has no comma at -e line 1. processing 'A|B|C|D' 'A|B|C|D' has no comma at -e line 1. processing 'A,B,C|D' 'A,B,C|D' has nasty pipe at -e line 1. processing 'A,B,C' not exactly 4 fields in 'A,B,C' at -e line 1. processing 'A,B,C,D,E' not exactly 4 fields in 'A,B,C,D,E' at -e line 1. processing 'A,B,C,D' success: s 'A' a 'B' c 'C' r 'D'

In reply to Re: split function by AnomalousMonk
in thread split function by Rajsai2825

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