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I would like to add some random thoughts I had when I saw your code.

First of all, the construct

foreach(qw(name to file action virus)) { $gCurRec->{$_}=''; }
can be expressed very succinctly using so called hash slices, i.e.
my @columns = qw(name to file action virus); @{ $gCurRec }{ @columns } = ('') x @columns;
See for example this for a good introduction.

Furthermore, why do you use a hash reference to store the data when a hash would be sufficient? (This is probably a matter of style.)

Then, I usually consider multiple repeated lines with trivial differences like

$gCurRec->{name}=$1 if (/^From:\s*(.+?)\s*$/); $gCurRec->{to}=$1 if (/^To:\s*(.+?)\s*$/);
to be a sign that some kind of abstraction like a loop is needed. In this case, keying each datum by its header field
/^(\w+):\s*(.+?)\s*$/ and $gCurRec->{$1} = $2;
does so and furthermore removes the need to spell out the interesting header fields several times. This of course means that unknown fields like the Date: are ignored, but your code ignores them as well.

So finally here is my attempt at implementing your algorithm:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my %gCurRec = (); while(<DATA>) { /^-+\s*$/ and do { print join("\t", map { exists $gCurRec{$_} ? $gCurRec{$_} : '' } qw(from to file action virus) ) . "\n"; %gCurRec = (); next; }; /^(\w+):\s*(.+?)\s*$/ and $gCurRec{lc $1} = $2; } __DATA__ From: pminich@foo.com To: esquared@foofoo.com File: value.scr Action: The uncleanable file is deleted. Virus: WORM_KLEZ.H ---------------------------------- Date: 06/30/2002 00:01:21 From: mef@mememe.com To: inet@microsoft.com File: Nr.pif Action: The uncleanable file is deleted. Virus: WORM_KLEZ.H ----------------------------------

In reply to Re: Re: virus log parser by rincew
in thread virus log parser by phaedo

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