in reply to peek - output a one-line preview of stdin

my $pad = ' ' x $wide; ... $_ = substr($_ . $pad, 0, $wide); print $_, "\r";
That can be written far more simply and efficiently as:
printf "%-${wide}.${wide}s\r", $_;

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Re: peek - use printf
by halley (Prior) on Apr 28, 2003 at 02:58 UTC
    Great tip-- I often forget to use printf, as if moving from C to Perl meant having to leave all of C's methods behind. I have never liked the %#.#s notation of printf... and now I imagine perl6's interpolated hashes may make for some righteous DWIM hacks.

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