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Making escape (\) ordinary in double quotes

by sg (Pilgrim)
on Apr 09, 2013 at 04:36 UTC ( #1027641=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
sg has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:


Rather than writing:

{ my $foo = "Ignore the \\slash, expand $boo."; }

is it possible to do something like:

{ # do something to get perl # to treat '\' as an ordinary character # so that one may write: my $foo = "Ignore the \slash, expand $boo."; }


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Re: Making escape (\) ordinary in double quotes
by AnomalousMonk (Chancellor) on Apr 09, 2013 at 09:34 UTC

    sprintf does not alter the interpolation behavior of a double-quoted string, but it does provide all the interpolation capability of double-quoting – and more! See the many format specifiers in the docs.

    >perl -wMstrict -le "my $foo = 'Foo'; my $bar = 'Bar'; ;; my $x = sprintf 'ignore \slash, expand %s, %s.', $foo, $bar; print qq{'$x'}; " 'ignore \slash, expand Foo, Bar.'
Re: Making escape (\) ordinary in double quotes
by 2teez (Vicar) on Apr 09, 2013 at 06:10 UTC

    You can use q/STRING/

     my $foo  =  q{Ignore the \slash, expand} . $boo;

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Re: Making escape (\) ordinary in double quotes
by Rahul6990 (Beadle) on Apr 09, 2013 at 05:31 UTC
    You can concatenate the variable along with the string containing '\' in (') single quote. Ex

    my $foo  =  "Ignore the \slash, expand '.$boo;

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