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Now, I understand what you are looking for, it wasn't clear to me so far. If you store ' ' into a variable, you don't get the expected behavior as if you hard code:

my @fields = split ' ', $line;

Using "qr/\s+/;" as a split pattern improves the result but still does not yields what you want (you still get an extra empty element at the beginning of the array).

Well, then I don't see any real simple direct solution. Even something like this:

my @fields = split $pattern? $pattern : ' ', $line;

does not do what you are looking for. The only solutions I can think of are either to use the above "qr/\s+/;" and shift the first element if empty, or use a if else construct, or yet this equivalent construct:

my @fields  = defined $pattern? split $pattern, $line : split ' ', $line;

In reply to Re^3: How to get split $var to work like split ' '? by Laurent_R
in thread How to get split $var to work like split ' '? by QM

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