|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Reading the last line of a file in a Pure Way.by hackmare (Pilgrim)
|on Aug 27, 2001 at 22:00 UTC||Need Help??|
hackmare has asked for the
wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:
My ignorance is again shining brightly. it is well polished and lacks no luster.
I have only spartan knowledge of file seek, search, and rewind functionality and such things. I wonder if there is another way than reading the contents of a file to get the last line. I do not wish to load the file contents into an array as this would prov cumbersome.
I seek your wisdom in order to facilitate the following task: I wish to mimmick the soiled, non-Perl ways of shell, by implementing an equivalent of tail -1 myfile
This clearly would be an easy task for backticks, but I fear their demonic ways and wish to attempt to avoid them like the plage they can be.
The ignorant one.--Hackmare.