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Pushing a delimiter into an array?

by rnaeye (Pilgrim)
on Mar 31, 2014 at 01:11 UTC ( #1080343=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
rnaeye has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I want to push scalar values into an array and put a 'tab' as delimiter between them. Line is long and I have to put many 'tab'. Can I also push "\t" between values without typing between each value? Is there another way that Monks would suggest? Thank you.

 push (@array, $value1, "\t", $value2, "\t", $value3,...)

or something similar to the following awk OFS command

 awk '{OFS="\t"; print $1,$2,$3,$5,$4}'

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Re: Pushing a delimiter into an array?
by iguanodon (Priest) on Mar 31, 2014 at 01:56 UTC
    Do you really need the tabs in the array? If you just want to print the values separated by tabs do
    print join("\t", @array);
      Great advice thanks. I just needed to print them!
Re: Pushing a delimiter into an array?
by NetWallah (Abbot) on Mar 31, 2014 at 02:56 UTC
    You could also use perl's $LIST_SEPARATOR $" (see perldoc perlvar).
    perl -E 'my @x=0..5; local $"=qq|\t|; say "@x"' 0 1 2 3 4 5
    Slightly more dramatic:
    perl -E 'my @x=0..5; local $"=qq|= \t =|; say "=@x="' =0= =1= =2= =3= =4= =5=

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Re: Pushing a delimiter into an array?
by 2teez (Priest) on Mar 31, 2014 at 06:11 UTC

    ..something similar to the following awk OFS command..

    That would be perl's $OUTPUT_FIELD_SEPERATOR i.e $,. It works similar to $", except that you don't have to interpolated your array values in a double-quoted string.

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