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Re^2: Space between digits

by Anonymous Monk
on Nov 21, 2012 at 21:28 UTC ( #1005014=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Space between digits
in thread Space between digits

I meant for that pattern and of date and time. I didnt mean that particular string. for example for the pattern

(\d+)\:(\d+) (\d+)\/(\d+)\/(\d+)
how do I triple the space between the time and date ?


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Re^3: Space between digits
by tobyink (Abbot) on Nov 21, 2012 at 21:31 UTC

    The code I posted will work on any string. It finds the first space and replaces it with three spaces.

    perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'
      The code you gave is not working I tried this
      if ($_ =~ m/(\d+)\:(\d+) (\d+)\/(\d+)\/(\d+)/ ){ my $string = "(\d+)\:(\d+) (\d+)\/(\d+)\/(\d+)"; my $new = $string =~ s/ / /; print "new $new "; }
        my $string = "(\d+)\:(\d+) (\d+)\/(\d+)\/(\d+)";

        What is the purpose of this line? Does it really help you to do what you want to? What happens if you leave it out entirely?

        s/// works in place (that is, on the variable it is bound to). What happens if you rewrite it as this:

        if ($_ =~ m/(\d+)\:(\d+) (\d+)\/(\d+)\/(\d+)/ ){ $_ =~ s/ / /; }

        And of course, m// and s/// works on $_ in lieu of any other variable, so you could even just go:

        if (m/(\d+)\:(\d+) (\d+)\/(\d+)\/(\d+)/ ){ s/ / /; }

        Which could be shortend to:

        s/ / / if m/(\d+)\:(\d+) (\d+)\/(\d+)\/(\d+)/;

        Those parens serve no purpose, as you're seemingly not capturing anything, so we can be even more briefer without harming readability:

        s/ / / if m/\d+\:\d+ \d+\/\d+\/\d+/;

        You tried that. That is not working. But that is not the code I posted.

        perl -E'sub Monkey::do{say$_,for@_,do{($monkey=[caller(0)]->[3])=~s{::}{ }and$monkey}}"Monkey say"->Monkey::do'

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