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Thanks for all the help guys - really appreciate it. I wanted to be able to add more options (-x, -y, -z) easily, and to do it I ended up using an array of hashes - @arrAllArgs. When I enter:

perl myScript -i origSamples,moreSamples -p 1,3 -o 100,200

There is now a separate statement for parsing each argument:

parseNumericArgList($args{p}, 'pipeline', 1); parseNumericArgList($args{o}, 'overlap', 1);

And the subroutine (it's long winded but I can understand it):

sub parseNumericArgList { my ($arg, $tag, $deflt) = @_; my $sing = 0; my @new = (); if (defined($arg)) { # a list was entered if ($arg =~ /,/) { my @singles = split(",", $arg); foreach $sing (@singles) { if ($sing =~ /\D/) { print "\n\nWrong value in $tag\n\n"; die $USAGE } else { if (scalar(@arrAllArgs) == 0) { push (@new, addToRef($allArgs, $tag, $sing)); } else { foreach $allArgs (@arrAllArgs) { push (@new, addToRef($allArgs, $tag, $sing +)); } } } } } else { # a single value was entered if ($arg =~ /\D/) { print "\n\nWrong value in $tag\n\n"; die $USAGE } if (scalar(@arrAllArgs) == 0) { push (@new, addToRef($allArgs, $tag, $arg)); } else { foreach $allArgs (@arrAllArgs) { push (@new, addToRef($allArgs, $tag, $arg)); } } } } else { # nothing was entered, use default if (scalar(@arrAllArgs) == 0) { push (@new, addToRef($allArgs, $tag, $deflt)); } else { foreach $allArgs (@arrAllArgs) { push (@new, addToRef($allArgs, $tag, $deflt)); } } } @arrAllArgs = (); @arrAllArgs = @new; } sub addToRef { my ( $refIn, $addNm, $addVal ) = @_; my $ref = {}; my $k = ""; foreach $k (keys %{$refIn}) { $ref->{$k} = $refIn->{$k}; } $ref->{$addNm} = $addVal; return $ref; }
This provides me with the array of hashes @arrAllArgs
0 HASH(0x9e2930) 'overlap' => 100 'pipeline' => 1 1 HASH(0x9e55f0) 'overlap' => 200 'pipeline' => 1 2 HASH(0x9e2910) 'overlap' => 100 'pipeline' => 3 3 HASH(0xd8ead0) 'overlap' => 200 'pipeline' => 3
And then when I get to the main block of code it's a simple matter of

foreach $run (@arrAllArgs) { foreach $ak (keys %{$run}) { $runArgs{$ak} = $run->{$ak}; } processOne(); }
Have to add a bit to cope with non-numeric arguments and I'm there. Hope this helps anyone else in the same sitch....

In reply to Re: Storing multiple arguments in a data structure that allows for future expansion by appleb
in thread Storing multiple arguments in a data structure that allows for future expansion by appleb

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