in reply to Re: extract linein thread extract line
$1, $2 (and $3, ..., etc.) hold the data that has been captured by a regular expression.
This is fairly basic stuff, so perhaps a read of the perlretut - Perl regular expressions tutorial would be useful; it's section "Extracting matches" has a better, and more detailed, description than my one sentence.
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