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Re: extracting the largest values

by swkronenfeld (Hermit)
on Nov 22, 2005 at 16:16 UTC ( #510843=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to extracting the largest values

I'd just like to point out the following...

If you are using files that only contain numbers, the following *IX command prompt will do the work for you with no scripts

sort -rn YourFileName | head -n 2

I know this is a Perl board, but sometimes people get caught up writing unnecessary scripts. It sounds to me like you're trying to find these values in a file, but that this is an independent scripts (not passing the values off to another piece of perl). The above line saves you the trouble of debugging a script, and will prevent future maintainers from deciphering your code (unless it's well commented, which, of course, it will be :)

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