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How do I process each word on each line?

by faq_monk (Initiate)
on Oct 08, 1999 at 00:25 UTC ( #668=perlfaq nodetype: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Current Perl documentation can be found at

Here is our local, out-dated (pre-5.6) version:

Use the split function:

    while (<>) {
        foreach $word ( split ) { 
            # do something with $word here

Note that this isn't really a word in the English sense; it's just chunks of consecutive non-whitespace characters.

To work with only alphanumeric sequences, you might consider

    while (<>) {
        foreach $word (m/(\w+)/g) {
            # do something with $word here

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