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in thread Need help on hashes.

Is the \ in front of the $ in the print statement intentional? That gives:
"US" $countries{"US"} "DE" $countries{"DE"} "RU" $countries{"RU"} "UK" $countries{"UK"} "FR" $countries{"FR"}
Also it retains the quotes around the country code. I have:
my %countries; while (<DB>){ my $entry = (split /","/, $_)[1]; $countries{$entry}++; } for (reverse sort { $countries{$a} <=> $countries{$b} } keys %countrie +s){ print "$_\t$countries{$_}\n"; }

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Re^3: Need help on hashes.
by ElMagnifico (Initiate) on Feb 04, 2008 at 23:06 UTC
    Thank you all for the responses. The example and the explanation are very informative. Hopefully, I'll not experience (i.e. create) any errors when try it out in my script. :-)

    For the record, this is not a homework assignment as apl implies. It's a reasonable thing to suspect but it's incorrect and I don't want the monks to think I'm taking advantage of their help. I'm a network engineer tasked with making sense out of years worth of accumulated syslog data. My code skills (a little C 10 years ago and sporadic uses of perl over the years) are quite limited. The question about whether or not to use a hash was a sincere inquiry as I wasn't sure if there was a more appropriate structure which to employ.

    Thank you all again for your help. It is sincerely appreciated.

    ElMagnifico - Ask for it in your grocer's freezer.