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Old 05-28-2008
Accessing files with perl

Hello i am new to Perl and i have a question.

I am trying to read a file that has the following format:

14/4/2008 8:42:03 πμ|10800|306973223399|4917622951117|1||1259|1|126|492|433||19774859454$
14/4/2008 9:13:08 πμ|10800|306973223399|306970097423|1||1264|1|126|492|878||19774859762$
14/4/2008 9:15:38 πμ|10800|306973223399|E-MAIL|1||1270|1|126|492|903||19774859792$
14/4/2008 9:05:50 πμ|10800|306973223399|306973223323|1|34||0|133|2530|816|4139063897|19775160876$
14/4/2008 8:15:57 πμ|10800|306973223399|306974439999|1|0||1|3|500|878|019D096290|19775241815$

I read the first line and i add the line to an array using the following code;
sub parse_csv {
    my $text = shift;
    my @new  = ();
    push( @new, $+ ) while $text =~ m{
           |  ([^|]+),?
           | ,
    push( @new, undef ) if substr( $text, -1, 1 ) eq ',';
    return @new;

The problem is that when in the file (for example line 2) two "||" exists the null value is not added to the array. So in the array less fields exist. How can i modify the code above in order for the null values to be addede in the array as well.

Thank you very much fo your help!

Last edited by Yogesh Sawant; 05-28-2008 at 09:09 AM.. Reason: added code tags
# 2  
Old 05-28-2008
Don't use a regex; just split on the separator character.

@new = split ("\|");

# 3  
Old 05-28-2008
Looks like he tried to hack a CSV parsers to parse a pipe delimited file. I agree with era, just use split();
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