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in thread Getting lines in a file between two patterns

I made some experiment with these lines of codes and maybe I find an issue (I'm not a perl expert...). If input file is like below, with two START-END sections in succession, perl script seems to skip the "START" line after the previous "END" ones, and so it doesn't print the content of the paragraph. I can't say which can be the reason for this behaviour

__DATA__ XXXX YYYY START These are the first set of lines which are to be extracted END START New line And new Will be extracted? END XXX ZZZ YYY START These are the second set of lines which are to be extracted END aasds tteret tertetr

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Re^3: Getting lines in a file between two patterns
by hippo (Chancellor) on Jun 27, 2016 at 08:28 UTC

    I am unable to reproduce your findings. Here are the results with perl 5.20.3:

    $ cat 980408.pl #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; while (<DATA>) { process_record() if /^START/; } sub process_record { my $line; while ($line = <DATA>, $line !~ /^END/) { print "$line" } print "\n"; #a printout spacer for next record } __DATA__ XXXX YYYY START These are the first set of lines which are to be extracted END START New line And new Will be extracted? END XXX ZZZ YYY START These are the second set of lines which are to be extracted END aasds tteret tertetr $ ./980408.pl These are the first set of lines which are to be extracted New line And new Will be extracted? These are the second set of lines which are to be extracted $
Re^3: Getting lines in a file between two patterns
by Marshall (Canon) on Jun 27, 2016 at 15:29 UTC
    In order to reproduce your symptoms, if one of the START tokens doesn't start in column 1 (right at the beginning of the line), then then it wouldn't be recognized and that record would be skipped.

    I made some slight changes to allow for START and END not being at the beginning of the line. Also, I eliminated the use of the "comma operator" in the sub's while statement in favor of an "and" statement. This should handle the case of a malformed record missing an "END" at the end of the DATA a bit better.

    Your DATA as posted does indeed work as hippo demonstrates. This code should work on any Perl >= 5.6 - nothing "fancy" about it.

    This is a very exacting business and when making a bug report, please post exactly the DATA that causes the problem, verbatim.

    #!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; while (<DATA>) { process_record() if /^\s*START/; } sub process_record { my $line; while (defined ($line = <DATA>) and $line !~ /^\s*END/) { print "$line" } print "\n"; #a printout spacer for next record } __DATA__ XXXX YYYY START These are the first set of lines which are to be extracted END START New line And new Will be extracted? END XXX ZZZ YYY START These are the second set of lines which are to be extracted END aasds tteret tertetr
    As a comment, this malformed "START" record problem applies to all of the code in this thread. This is not unique to my code. "  START" vs "START" is my best guess as what you did wrong in your DATA.
      Adapt my code like this:
      #!/usr/bin/perl use warnings; use strict; my @current_record; while (<DATA>) { process_record() if /^\s*START/; } foreach (@current_record) { print; } sub process_record { my $line; @current_record=(); while (defined ($line = <DATA>) and $line !~ /^\s*END/) { push @current_record, $line; } } __DATA__ XXXX YYYY START These are the first set of lines which are to be extracted END START These are the second set of lines which are to be extracted END XXX ZZZ YYY START These are the third set of lines which are to be extracted END aasds tteret tertetr

      Hi,

      How can I get only the last set of pattern matched lines.

      INPUT __DATA__:

      XXXX YYYY START These are the first set of lines which are to be extracted END START These are the second set of lines which are to be extracted END XXX ZZZ YYY START These are the third set of lines which are to be extracted END aasds tteret tertetr

      OUTPUT:

      These are the third set of lines which are to be extracted

      Thanks,

      Gopi

      2018-04-23 Athanasius added code and paragraph tags

        Push lines to an array, clear it at each START.

        #!/usr/bin/perl use strict; my $flag = 0; my @lines = (); while (<DATA>){ if (/^\s*END/){ $flag = 0 } elsif (/^\s*START/){ $flag = 1; @lines = (); } elsif ($flag) { push @lines,$_; } } print join '',@lines;
        poj