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Re: grep problems and file copying issues

by reptile (Monk)
on Jul 10, 2000 at 15:09 UTC ( #21771=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to grep problems and file copying issues

The first argument to grep should be either an expression or a block of code, which evaluates to true or false depending on the value grep sets to $_ for each of the array. In other words, what you want is something like:

grep(/$cdLabel/o, @dbFile); # or the equivilant in a code block grep { /$cdLabel/o } @dbFile;

Since you're using the grep EXPR, ARRAY version of grep, it's trating $cdLabel as an expression which will always evaluate to true (unless of course $cdLabel contains a false value).

As for creating the backup, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the way you're doing it. However, you could look into the Shell module (comes in the standard distribution) which enables a set of shell commands portably within perl (like echo, cp, ps, etc), and then just cp($dbFileName, "$dbFileName.BAK");

But to each his own. What you have will work just fine.

local $_ = "0A72656B636148206C72655020726568746F6E41207473754A"; while(s/..$//) { print chr(hex($&)) }

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[LanX]: $; exists, so does the glob
[GotToBTru]: $; is "useful for emulating multi-dimensional arrays in Perl4"
[LanX]: i.e. &; is parsable
[LanX]: it's sometimes useful in P5 too
[LanX]: but I don't understand the question...
[GotToBTru]: okay, I see what it does
[GotToBTru]: you;ve answered it .. the expression is meant to be evaluated as written, it is not a symbol for a special operation
[LanX]: '&;@' is a parsing error
[GotToBTru]: by itself, yes, but used in sub pre(&;@) not so

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