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Since I haven't played with tied file handles before, here's the previous package with the ability to use it either as an object, or as a tied file handle.

#!/usr/bin/perl use strict; # https://perlmonks.org/?node_id=11126426 use warnings; tie *BACKWARDS, 'Tybalt89BackwardsHeReads', $0 or die 'tie failed'; while( <BACKWARDS> ) { print; } package Tybalt89BackwardsHeReads; #################################### +### BEGIN { *TIEHANDLE = \&new; *READLINE = \&line; } sub line { my ($self) = @_; while( @{ $self->{lines} } == 0 and $self->{where} ) { my $window = 1024; # window size, adjust to suit my $pos = $self->{where} - $window; $pos < 0 and $pos = 0; seek $self->{fh}, $pos, 0; read $self->{fh}, my $data, $self->{where} - $pos; $pos and $data =~ s/^\N*\n(?=.)//s ? ($pos += $+[0]) : die "increase window size"; $self->{lines} = [ split /^/, $data ]; $self->{where} = $pos; } return pop @{ $self->{lines} }; } sub new { my ($self, $filename) = @_; open my $fh, '<', $filename or die "$! on $filename"; bless { where => ref $filename ? length $$filename : -s $filename, fh => $fh, lines => [] }, ref $self || $self; } 1; # so if split off, package ends with true

Replace the $0 with the name of your file. I was just using it for debugging.

Please use this latest version of "sub line", it solves a problem with the fetching the line from the beginning of the file when the window is too small.


In reply to Re^3: efficient way to read a file in reverse by tybalt89
in thread efficient way to read a file in reverse by cmcl

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