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Re: Why do I need a space here?

by pogo (Initiate)
on Jun 28, 2002 at 19:25 UTC ( [id://178113]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Why do I need a space here?

Thanks to all for their offerings, but I am yet joyless. I have tried the first four suggestions here...They work for you but not for me. Perhaps a tad more info might help our mutual enlightenment. Linux 2.4.3-20SMP (dual cpu), Mandrake 8.0, Perl 5.6.0 The file begins with
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; use Getopt::Long; use File::Path;
and the var i$ is
although I can reproduce the problem without i$ as in:
print OUTFILE "\< \/HTML\>\n"; print OUTFILE "\<\/HTML\>\n";
where the first case prints and the second doesn't. Manifestly, this should work as you have all suggested, examples abound. Any other suggestions? pax pogo

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Re: Re: Why do I need a space here?
by DamnDirtyApe (Curate) on Jun 28, 2002 at 19:41 UTC

    For debugging purposes, would you disable output buffering with $|++ near the beginning of your script, then try printing to STDOUT instead of a filehandle?

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Re: Re: Why do I need a space here?
by Fastolfe (Vicar) on Jun 28, 2002 at 22:00 UTC
    It looks like your script might be pretty long. Please try removing a bunch of stuff from it so that you can reduce your script to a simple test case. You may figure out your problem between now and then, but if you end up with a very small script that still exhibits this problem, please post it in this thread.

    What you're describing doesn't make a lot of sense, unfortunately. I suspect there's something else going on. There should be no reason a space in this fashion should affect whether or not your output gets written.

    Be sure, though, that if you're writing to a file that you're checking the file's contents only after your script closes the filehandle. Buffering may delay the actual writing of data to a file until it's closed.

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