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Re: Second Time Replace Regex

by robin (Chaplain)
on Dec 02, 2005 at 22:40 UTC ( #513740=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Second Time Replace Regex

If I understand your question correctly (which is far from guaranteed), you might try something like:
#!perl -pi~ my $p; my $done_replacement = 0; while (<>) { if (/^A (.*) B$/) { $p = $1; } elsif (defined $p && !$done-replacement) { s/^(C .*)$p$/$1 Q/; $done_replacement = 1; } }
Of course you must replace A, B, C and Q with your actual data, and pass the filename as a command-line argument to this script. It would be easier to give a precise answer if you could make your question more concrete by giving some example data. and saying what A, B and C really are.

I'm assuming that your A P B and C X P each constitutes an entire line of the file, because your use of “second line C X P” made me think that's what you meant.

Also, why is it important not to create an additional file? Usually it's safer to save the results of a transformation in a new file, in case something goes wrong. (In the code above, the switch -i~ causes the original file to be backed up with a name like oldname~, which gives you some protection at least.)

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