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Another idea here is to do something along the lines of the following:

foreach my $line (@the_cell_site_lines) { my @data = split /\s+/, $line; # If you want the cellnumber, do the following... my $cell_number = $data[12]; $cell_number = substr($cell_number, 2); # Do something here with the cellnumber you now have. }
The first thing I noticed is that the lines are regular and stuff is separated by spaces. This immediately made me think of split and using an array of values to figure out what was going on.

Once that happens, I can grab the 13th item (remember that Perl array indices start at 0, so it's the 12th index). That item is "x'503E". I have to get rid of the first 2 characters, so I use substr. I could've used a regex (something like $cell_number =~ s/^x'//;), but why use a cannon when all you need is a pistol? substr is faster and clearer.

Creating a hash of cellnumber => cellname is an extremely good idea, and I suggest you do that. There are ways of putting that into a separate file and bringing it in either using do or require. If you want help with those, ask. (Oh - when you first do your testing, don't type the entire hash in - just use maybe 5-10 entries, to make sure your code works. Then, add the rest.)

/me wants to be the brightest bulb in the chandelier!

In reply to Re: Re: Re: Re: Can I match a range from an array? by dragonchild
in thread Can I match a range from an array? by brassmon_k

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