in reply to Re^4: Parse::RandGen::Regexp
in thread Parse::RandGen::Regexp

This can mean anywhere that you need to read it from a filehandle, or get it as a return from some other function. For example, you could have it in an actual file. You could put it in a __DATA__ or __END__ block at the end of your file and read it from the *DATA filehandle. You could retrieve it using LWP from a webserver somewhere, then parse it from that. As long as it isn't contained as text inside your actual perl code where the perl compiler will see it.

Here's an example:

#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use Parse::RandGen::Regexp; my $regexp = <DATA>; chomp $regexp; # get rid of the line termination. my $r = Parse::RandGen::Regexp->new(qr/$regexp/); my $string = $r->pick(match=>1, captures=>{}); print("\$string: $string\n"); __END__ (?smi)^STOR\s[^\n]{100}

Here we're loading it from the __END__ section. For more info on how to use the DATA filehandle, see perldata. Otherwise, you can take the string, put it in a file, and then open/read/close that file as normal.