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Re: Reading a file line-by-line from the bottom up

by davido (Cardinal)
on Jan 08, 2004 at 00:28 UTC ( [id://319675]=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Reading a file line-by-line from the bottom up

You could have a look at File::ReadBackwards, on CPAN.

It should do what you're looking for.

From the docs....

This module reads a file backwards line by line. It is simple to use, memory efficient and fast. It supports both an object and a tied handle interface.

It is intended for processing log and other similar text files which typically have their newest entries appended to them. By default files are assumed to be plain text and have a line ending appropriate to the OS. But you can set the input record separator string on a per file basis.

And an example...

use strict; use warnings; use File::ReadBackwards; tie *BW, 'File::ReadBackwards', 'log_file' or die "can't read 'log_file' $!" ; while( <BW> ) { # Do some stuff... }



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