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Either learn how to use the debugger or Data::Dumper. I've modified your code to dump some values. They are not quite what you expect!

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use Data::Dumper; use strict; my $dir = 'C:\Users\ZB\Desktop\Text Files'; $dir = 'c:'; opendir (DIR, $dir) or die "cannot opendir $dir"; foreach my $file (readdir(DIR)) { warn Data::Dumper->Dump([\$file],[qw(*file)]).' '; &process_file ($file); } sub process_file { warn Data::Dumper->Dump([\@_],[qw(*_)]).' '; my $line = @_; warn Data::Dumper->Dump([\$line],[qw(*line)]).' '; my @array = split(/ /, $line); print "$#array\n"; } closedir (DIR);

And this produces:

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601] Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. C:>perl opendir.pl $file = \'.'; # This is '.' at opendir.pl line 12. @_ = ( # Your sub get an array containing +'.' '.' ); at opendir.pl line 18. $line = \1; # but $line is 1 (the length of @_) + ... at opendir.pl line 20. # what you really wanted is my ($fi +lename) = @_; # This is the name of the file that needs to be opened/ +read/closed 0 $file = \'..'; at opendir.pl line 12. @_ = ( '..' ); at opendir.pl line 18. $line = \1; at opendir.pl line 20. 0 $file = \'MyOpen(0).pl'; at opendir.pl line 12. @_ = ( 'MyOpen(0).pl' ); at opendir.pl line 18. $line = \1; at opendir.pl line 20. 0 ...

In reply to Re: Open a directory and recursively process files by clueless newbie
in thread Reaped: Open a directory and recursively process files by NodeReaper

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