in reply to pattern match a name from stdin

First: You should probably chomp $file.

Secod: if $file contains any metacharacters, they will need to be escaped (see quotemeta).

Third: If you are testing for the presence of a literal sting within another sting you may be better off with index (in which case disregard the use of quotemeta)

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Re^2: pattern match a name from stdin
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 05, 2005 at 15:56 UTC
    this now works:
    if (m/\|\Q$file/) {print $num_entry};
    However, if i want the match to occur at at the end i would include an addition $
    if (m/\|\Q$file$/) {print $num_entry};
    For example if the user entered Sarah it could output Sarah and Sarah-jane. But this second bit of code doesnt seem to work?
      The \Q is making the '$' match a literal '$'. You want  m/\Q|$file\E$/, methinks.

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