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Re: reading a file line by line

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Brett W. McCoy
February 27, 2002 12:06
Re: reading a file line by line
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On Wed, 27 Feb 2002, Jon Serra wrote:

> Greetings,  I am trying to read a text file into a scalar variable line by line
> until EOF or a search test if fullfilled.  I have been reading files in like
> this:
> chomp (@line = `cat filename`);
> I do not want to do this beacuse my file is quite large, and there is no reason
> to hog the memory for the little bit I actually want, and second, I do not want
> to make a system call to the unix cat command.  TIA Jon

The canonical way to read data from a file in Perl is:

open FHANDLE, "<$filename" or die "Can't open $filename: $!\n";

while(<FHANDLE>) {
	#do stuff with $_

close FHANDLE;

See the perldoc on the open function.

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