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hi era,
PERL script with IO operation was taking around 90 minutes to prcess
1872 postscript with 43000 pages.

now with perl -p -i -e it s taking just 8mins....

perl and regex rocks Smilie

Thanks and Regards,
uttam hoode

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Example #1 split(3) example To split off the first four fields from a line from /etc/passwd: <?php list($user, $pass, $uid, $gid, $extra) = split(":", $passwd_line, 5); ?> Example #2 split(3) example To parse a date which may be delimited with slashes, dots, or hyphens: <?php // Delimiters may be slash, dot, or hyphen $date = "04/30/1973"; list($month, $day, $year) = split('[/.-]', $date); echo "Month: $month; Day: $day; Year: $year<br /> "; ?> NOTES
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