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Re: Splitting a text file

by jethro (Monsignor)
on Mar 19, 2013 at 10:41 UTC ( #1024252=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Splitting a text file

If you are only interested in a solution (and are on something unixoide) you could simply use "split", a command line utility

If you are interested in learning perl, I'll give you a few hints instead of the solution on a platter:

Your inner loop makes no sense. An inner loop is run completely for every invocation of the outer loop. So since your outer loop is going through the lines of your input file, you seem to open a new file for each line of your input file. Not good.

What you need is a counter (similar to $fileNR, but for input lines). This counter counts to 1000. If it reaches 1000 you open a new file and reset the counter to 0. That's it

Further optimization: If you want you can use $x as the counter. You just don't reset it and use modulo arithmetic instead, i.e. if $x modulo 1000 is 0, then open a new file. The modulo operator in perl is "%"

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[davido]: Exactly: SoPW. This isn't going to be solved easily in the CB.
[james28909]: in need "yesterday" and so on, to be absolute like "1" or "31"
[stevieb]: ...and throw some of your existing code into the equation as well, just so readers know you've given a try at it ;)
[james28909]: ok
[stevieb]: davido thanks for the link ;) I was being the typical lazy
[davido]: date parsing is hard. The more examples you can provide of the input (within reason) and expected output, the better.
[stevieb]: agreed. That's why I said at least a half-dozen. If enough of the different formats are present, the date/time folk may not have to request more. If they do, then at least there was a decent base to start with
[stevieb]: I do date and time transformations in both Perl and Python, but not frequently enough to not have to search for the format params etc ;)

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