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A regex isn't the right tool for the job. Since the table has fixed width, use substr or unpack to extract the cells; perlpacktut has an example.

If the width of the columns isn't known in advance, use a regex to find the column width by considering the first line, and use unpack/substr for the rest of the table.

Update: some example code. Trimming of leading/trailing whitespaces left as an exercise to the reader

use 5.010; use strict; use warnings; my $head_line = <DATA>; my @c_idx; while ($head_line =~ /\S+/g) { push @c_idx, $-[0]; } my $sep = <DATA>; # ignored; while (<DATA>) { chomp; my @columns; for my $idx (0..$#c_idx) { if ($idx == $#c_idx) { push @columns, substr $_, $c_idx[$idx]; } else { push @columns, substr $_, $c_idx[$idx], $c_idx[$idx+1] - $ +c_idx[$idx]; } } use Data::Dumper; print Dumper \@columns; } __DATA__ Mod Sub-Module Model Serial ---- --------------------------- ------------------ ----------- 1 Distributed Forwarding Card WS-F6700-DFC3CXL SAL1434RLPY 3 7600 ES+ DFC XL 7600-ES+3CXL JAE14520N29 3 7600 ES+T 20x1GE SFP 76-ES+T-20GQ JAE145301XM 5 Policy Feature Card 3 7600-PFC3CXL JAE14330E6J 5 C7600 MSFC4 Daughterboard 7600-MSFC4 JAE14320QBE 6 Policy Feature Card 3 7600-PFC3CXL JAE14330EAO 6 C7600 MSFC4 Daughterboard 7600-MSFC4 JAE14320QA8 7 Distributed Forwarding Card WS-F6700-DFC3CXL SAL1433QHBR 8 Distributed Forwarding Card WS-F6700-DFC3CXL SAL1433QXF9

In reply to Re: How we can do regex of this? by moritz
in thread How we can do regex of this? by xMiDgArDx

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