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Old 07-22-2009
Perl Script: Deleting a block of text

Say I have a file with a bunch of config blocks (see below) in a file. If I send a variable to the function, how can I remove that block of text?

define host{
   host     abc
   description   testserver

define host{
   host     xzy
   description    prodserver

So in the example above, I want to remove host name "abc," I want the config block for "abc" host gone from the file.
# 2  
Old 07-22-2009

As usual, lots of ways to do this; here's a simple one:

# @(#) p1	Demonstrate record separator for deleting stanzas.

use warnings;
use strict;

use English qw( -no_match_vars );

$debug = 0;
$debug = 1;

my($sep) = "}";

my($delete) = "abc";

while ( <> ) {
  next if /$delete/;


Assuming your data file is on "data1", this produces:
% ./p1 data1

define host{
   host     xzy
   description    prodserver

See perldoc perldoc for how to find details of operations ... cheers, drl
# 3  
Old 07-22-2009
awesome ... now i can move on w/ the rest of the code!

thx a lot. Question, what does this line do?

use English qw( -no_match_vars );

# 4  
Old 07-22-2009
perldoc -f use
perldoc English

cheers, drl

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