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I'm glad to hear it works OK. :-)
You never really know until you run it against some data I guess.

Do you know of any simple ways to make it respect the order in which they're specified when they're assigned at "my $regex ="?
That occured to me after I posted the code, but I wasn't sure it was necessary.

Since your categories list is in alphabetical order, you could sort the keys in the print routine like:

for my $category (sort keys %data).

Glad to be of help!

Update: Just for the record, if the order of records was not in sort order, a few small changes would handle that situation.

At the top of the script, before the for loop, you would enter:

my @cat = qw/ Audio Graphics Network Settings System Utility /; # in y +our desired order my $regex = join "|", @cat; my @files = glob "/usr/share/applications/*.desktop"; # as before

Then a small change to the print routine:

for my $category ( @cat ) { next unless exists $data{ $category }; print "Submenu = \"$category\" {\n"; . . . . .

In reply to Re^5: very new to perl; suggestions for porting this shell script to perl? by Cristoforo
in thread very new to perl; suggestions for porting this shell script to perl? by sinusoid

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