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With inspiration from davorg's above example, taking it a step further (and a step further (and a step further (...))):
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my %trans = ( '$name' => 'Frank', '$color' => 'Cherry Red', '$time' => sprintf ("%d:%02d:%02d", (localtime(time))[2,1,0]), '$date' => sprintf ("%04d-%02d-%02d", (localtime(time))[5] + 1900, (localtime(time))[4] + 1, (localtime(time))[3]), '$dstr' => '$time on $date', ); my ($trans_rx) = join ('|', sort { length($b) - length($a) } sort map { quotemeta ($_) } keys %trans); my ($string) = 'I\'m $name and I prefer $color objects, at least +on $dstr'; while ($string =~ s!($trans_rx)!$trans{$1}!o) { } print "$string\n";
For output like:
I'm Frank and I prefer Cherry Red objects, at least on 15:33:43 o +n 2001-02-06
This version doesn't replace stray references to things like $1.95 with nothing, but it might get caught in a loop if you specify two entries which convert to eachother recursively such that "$a -> $b" and "$b -> $a".

In reply to Infinite Recursion of a String by tadman
in thread Double Interpolation of a String by chromatic

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