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My split command isnt working - please advise

by Angharad (Pilgrim)
on May 23, 2011 at 12:04 UTC ( #906284=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Angharad has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Hi there

This is an embarassingly easy question I'm sure, but I simply dont know why my wee script isnt working properly.

I have a text file that looks like this: etc
and I want to split the contents of each line on the period so that for:
I get
$nums[0] = 1, $nums[1] = 2 $nums[3] = 56 etc
Could anyone please point out whatever silly error is in my script? At the moment $nums[0] when printed contains the enire contents of the line e.g. and all the others are (obviously) empty
#!/usr/bin/env perl use strict; my $file = shift; open(FILE, $file) || die "Unable to open $file for reading: $!\n"; while(<FILE>) { my @sf = split; #print "@sf\n"; print test my @nums = split(/\\./, $sf[0]); #print "@nums\n"; print "$nums[0]\n"; }
All help much appreciated!

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Re: My split command isnt working - please advise
by FunkyMonk (Chancellor) on May 23, 2011 at 12:08 UTC
    You need a single backslash in your split, not two:

    my @nums = split(/\./, $sf[0]);

Re: My split command isnt working - please advise
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on May 23, 2011 at 12:10 UTC

    This:my @nums = split(/\\./, $sf[0]); is attempting to split the string on the text \.

    Ie. You've escaped the backslash, so it is taken as a single literal and the dot will match any character.

    Change that to: my @nums = split(/\./, $sf[0]);

    That is escape the dot '.' with a (single) backslash so that the dot is taken as a literal.

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Re: My split command isnt working - please advise
by roboticus (Chancellor) on May 23, 2011 at 12:11 UTC


    Remove a backslash. It looks like your split command is trying to split on '\' + any character instead of '.'. (In other words, rather than escaping the period to make it a literal, you're escaping the backslash instead of the period.)


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Re: My split command isnt working - please advise
by Angharad (Pilgrim) on May 23, 2011 at 12:17 UTC
    Thanks everyone!
Re: My split command isnt working - please advise
by wfsp (Abbot) on May 23, 2011 at 14:32 UTC
    Given the data you've shown I'm sure not you need the first split (check for what split uses as a default).
    #!/usr/bin/perl #use v5.12.2; use strict; use warnings; while(my $line = <DATA>){ chomp $line; my @nums = split(/\./, $line); print "@nums\n"; } __DATA__
Re: My split command isnt working - please advise
by CountZero (Bishop) on May 23, 2011 at 17:34 UTC
    What are you trying to accomplish with the my @sf = split; ?


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      It could be for splitting off the first word from a web server access log, where lines could look like eg. - - [23/May/2011:19:02:56 +0000] "GET / HTTP/1.1" 200 9 +6 "-" "Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; YandexBot/3.0; + +s)"
      Though in that case, splitting on a dot might not be a good idea, especially because the first field could also be an ipv6 address, such as 2001:738:2001:2010:0:ff:fe00:3.

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