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How can I access/change the first N letters of a string?

by faq_monk (Initiate)
on Oct 08, 1999 at 00:20 UTC ( #598=perlfaq nodetype: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Current Perl documentation can be found at

Here is our local, out-dated (pre-5.6) version:

There are many ways. If you just want to grab a copy, use substr():

    $first_byte = substr($a, 0, 1);

If you want to modify part of a string, the simplest way is often to use substr() as an lvalue:

    substr($a, 0, 3) = "Tom";

Although those with a pattern matching kind of thought process will likely prefer:

    $a =~ s/^.../Tom/;

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