I have had my log parsing routines crash because of invalid ASCII characters, so I run this code against it, which cleans up the bad boys found.
# loop through the file zapping the bad characters found
$lineBuff = $_;
# remove upper ascii
$lineBuff =~ s/([\x7F-\xFF]+)/$delimiter/gm;
# remove lower ascii
$lineBuff =~ s/([\x00-\x1F]+)/$delimiter/gm;
$lineBuff =~ s/\%//gm;
# send the clean data to the output file
print OUT "$lineBuff\n";
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