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my ($a,$b); while( $a=<F1>, $b= <F2>, $a or $b) { ... }

reads till the end of the longer file. Changing to and limits to shorter one.

Cheers Rolf

( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

UPDATE Please note

Since $a and $b are not chomped, no normal input line should ever be false and hence not necessarily tested with defined.

Better take care if you are using special filehandles allowed to return a simple 0 or null strings!!!



use strict; use warnings; use Data::Dump qw/pp/; open my $f1, "<", \ join "\n", 1..2; open my $f2, "<", \ join "\n", 1..5; while( defined (my $a=<$f1>) + defined (my $b=<$f2>) ) { $a .=""; $b .=""; chomp($a,$b); print "$a,$b\n"; }
1,1 2,2 ,3 ,4 ,5

In boolean context: + is like or, * is like and, just w/o short circuit.

In reply to Re: reading two files in parallel by LanX
in thread reading two files in parallel by baxy77bax

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