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Pattern Matching - Remove Alpha

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Hewlett Pickens
January 16, 2002 15:56
Pattern Matching - Remove Alpha
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I am unable to use "split" with pattern matching to remove alpha characters
from a string and will appreciate a pointer on what I'm doing wrong. (Have
looked in "Learning Perl" and "Programming Perl" but can't spot my error.)

The detail:

 "$stat" is a string that has alpha and numeric data in it.
 I want to remove all of the alpha and put the numeric data into an array.

 The first attempt:

   my @nums = split(/a-zA-Z/,$stat); # removes all data from the string

 The second attempt:

   my @nums = split(/a-z/,$stat); # removes all data from the string

From reading, my understanding of "split":  Discards all data that matches
the pattern and returns a set of list values for the unmatched data. ("my
understanding" may be the problem)

This pattern works - removes all blanks (white space) but leaves alpha and
numbers which of course isn't what I want

   my @nums = split(/ +/,$stat);   # removes all blanks 


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