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Re: Update works for line...deletes other records

by 7stud (Deacon)
on Feb 21, 2013 at 07:52 UTC ( #1019908=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Update works for line...deletes other records

From 'man perlrun':

            specifies that files processed by the "<>" construct are to be
            edited in-place.  It does this by renaming the input file, opening
            the output file by the original name, and selecting that output
            file as the default for print() statements. 

Okay, so once perl renames the original file, the original file name doesn't exist anymore. Subsequently, when perl opens a file name that doesn't exist for writing, what's in that file to start?

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