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sub _on_left { my ( $s ) = @_; my @words = split( /\s+/); my $word_level=3; return $words[ scalar( @words ) - $word_level ]; }

You say you want the third word from the left but you are accessing the third word from the right.    $words[ scalar( @words ) - $word_level ] should be $words[ $word_level - 1 ].

But you are not actually getting a word because split( /\s+/) is short for split( /\s+/, $_) and you don't have a value in $_ to split on.

So you want something like this:

sub _on_left { my ( $s ) = @_; my @words = split ' ', $s; my $word_level = 3; return $words[ $word_level - 1 ]; }

sub order_line{ my @sorted_lines; foreach ( sort { _by_left( $a, $b ) } @lines ) { push @sorted_line +s, $_ } print @sorted_lines; } sub _by_left { my ( $a, $b ) = @_; return lc( _on_left( $a )) cmp lc( _on_left( $b )); }

You don't need a foreach loop, you can just do:

sub order_line{ my @sorted_lines = sort { _by_left( $a, $b ) } @lines; print @sorted_lines; }

And instead of calling a subroutine in the sort block you could just use the subroutine name:

sub order_line{ my @sorted_lines = sort _by_left @lines; print @sorted_lines; } sub _by_left { return lc( _on_left( $a )) cmp lc( _on_left( $b )); }

In reply to Re: sort array by jwkrahn
in thread sort array by welle

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