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matching a variable containing metacharacter treated as character

by docdurdee (Scribe)
on Feb 21, 2013 at 16:10 UTC ( #1019974=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
docdurdee has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dearest Monks, I have a humble question: How do you match a variable containing a metacharacter that should be treated as a regular boring character? I'm processing some files (@foos) with dots in them. I want:
my @subfoos = grep{m/$var/} @foos;
I ended up with something awful:
my $regvar = $var; $regsol =~ s/\./___/g; my @subfoos = map {s/___/\./g; $_} grep{m/$regsol/} map{s/\./___/g; $_}@foos; }
is there a better way?

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Re: matching a variable containing metacharacter treated as character
by choroba (Bishop) on Feb 21, 2013 at 16:20 UTC
    Use \Q:
    grep /\Q$var/, @foos;
    See Escape sequences for details.
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      Thank you!
Re: matching a variable containing metacharacter treated as character
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 22, 2013 at 00:30 UTC

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