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From: "Rob Fenstermacher" <fence at bwn dot net>
Subject: Re: extracting data at a specific displacement
Date: Jun 12 2000 5:25AM
there are many ways to extract data in this manner, one way to consider
is reading each line into a string and then use the substr function to
extract the parts that you want into separate strings.
for example, if you want to get bytes 43-63 from the string containing a
line from your file ($input_line):
$col1 = substr($input_line,42,21)
would put $input_string columns 43-63 into string $col1--get byte 42
(remember perl is zero relative) for 21 bytes.
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Klein, Shoshana R"
To: "SybPerl Discussion List"
Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2000 12:59 PM
Subject: extracting data at a specific displacement
> I'm a mainframe programmer with a minimal amount of experience with perl.
> Is there a way to extract data from a flat file based on a specific
> displacement and length?
> Until now I've been using regular expressions to match the data I need,
> I find this
> very time consuming when I know I want bytes 43-63 no matter what it