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in reply to split and join

what if you need to split by the plus character "+" the compiler keeps on chucking a spazz. is there anyway to get around this?? simon.hilton@sun.com

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Re: Re: split and join
by Albannach (Prior) on Apr 22, 2002 at 23:42 UTC
    split takes a pattern (more or less a regular expression, though there are special cases you might want to read up on), not a static string to separate chunks in the input string, and it happens that the '+' character is special, so you just need to escape it like so:
    @array = split '\+', 'abc+def'; print "@array";
    gives abc def
    By the way, you might want to provide the actual error message in future if you need assistance, as "chucking a spazz" covers a lot of bases!

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Re: Re: split and join
by Zaxo (Archbishop) on Apr 22, 2002 at 23:35 UTC

    '+' is a metacharacter which has meaning in regular expressions. To match a literal plus, you need to escape ('backwhack') it.

    split /\+/;

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