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actually I need to make it a little more intelligent than what I currently have as it assumes the fields are all there, and sometimes they are not, ie it might die at some point in my test script say at searchload, and next iteration would start a new row, what happens when I aggregate this is I get "rows" that don't actually line up with the others, munging my data in excel and freaking out my plans to put it into a db, so how would I account for this? I am guessing setting up a hash and testing for a complete row and if not a complete row then dump the data and move on to the next one, but I am just not sure how to do this as I am not that skilled, since the rows would kind of have a fixed field width testing for value in each field might help with this but again unsure how to do it. Thanks altBlue, I tried running your file but it doesn't run I get the following errors..string found where operator expected at filename.pl at end of line do you need to predeclare lane? bareword found where operator expected near input (missing operator before input?) string found where operator expect at filename.pl line 7 near "Logout" Login do you need to predeclare logout, syntax error at filename.pl line 1 next token ??? execution of filename.pl aborted due to compilation errors. do these switches not work in windows? I guess the lane statement are command line switches? L for label processing This option turns on line-ending processing. It can be used to set the output line terminator variable ($/) by specifying an octal value. See "Example: Using the -0 option" for an example of using octal numbers. If no octal number is specified, the output line terminator is set equal to the input line terminator (such as $\ = $/;). a -for This option must be used in conjunction with either the -n or -p option. Using the -a option will automatically feed input lines to the split function. The results of the split are placed into the @F variable. n- This option places a loop around your script. It will automatically read a line from the diamond operator and then execute the script. It is most often used with the -e option e- The option lets you specify a single line of code on the command line. This line of code will be executed in lieu of a script file. You can use multiple -e options to create a multiple line program-although given the probability of a typing mistake, I'd create a script file instead. Semi-colons must be used to end Perl statements just like a normal script.

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