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Here's a simple method that doesn't require you to know what tags are in each section, or even what order the tags you are interested in appear. It is also easily extended to handle more tags of interest. The output is an array of hashes:

#! perl -slw use strict; use Data::Dump qw[ pp ]; my @accts; { local $/ = 'TAGEND'; while( <DATA> ) { m[ (?=.* FIRSTNAME \s+ ( \S+ ) ) (?=.* LASTNAME \s+ ( \S+ ) ) (?=.* ACCOUNT \s+ ( \S+ ) ) (?=.* BILLAMOUNT \s+ ( \S+ ) ) ]xsm and push @accts, { firstname => $1, lastname => $2, account => $3, billamount => $4, }; } } pp \@accts; __DATA__

And the output:

C:\test> [ { account => 1000901, billamount => 4200, firstname => "DAVID", lastname => "RHODES", }, { account => 1000902, billamount => 10000, firstname => "MARY", lastname => "RHODES", }, { account => 1000903, billamount => 1200, firstname => "BILL", lastname => "HICKOK", }, { account => 1000909, billamount => -1, firstname => "FRED", lastname => "BLOGGS", }, ]

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In reply to Re: Parse tags into an array by BrowserUk
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