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Anonymous Monk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dear Monks,

I have a 5GB file that has identifiers lines followed by very long data lines (single lines in both cases). In a loop I get coordinates which tell me what identifier I need and what part of the corresponding data I need to extract and modify. The problem I have is that this loop goes through >1000 repetitions and reading the file each time is a dump idea. I was thinking about putting it into a hash but not sure about memory limitations. Any idea on how to tackle it? Speed is really an important factor. Maybe do a system call with qx and do a linux grep command? I have to get away from the computer for couple of hours so thanks in advance!