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Hi, I want to know how to use split function to split the string based on backslash(\).
Actually backslash is appearing at the end of the string. and i want to remove it.
so if anyone could guide me as to what will be the syntax for removing backslash(\) from the string??
Mar 25 '07 #1
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You could use a regex, substr, chop, many different techniques to remove a single defined character from the end of a string. It sounds like a regex might be the simpliest for your purposes, but I can't say for sure as you haven't told us much:

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  1. my $string = "test string\\";
  2. print "Before = '$string'\n";
  3. $string =~ s/\\$//;
  4. print "After = '$string'\n";
- Miller
Mar 25 '07 #2
shalini jain
10 New Member
Thanks a lot, Miller.
I will try out on what you have guided me.

Actually, i am new to perl and right now i know very little abt perl So that's why i
may not have been able to communicate to you properly. But you have guessed it right.
But can u plz tell me that code snippet that you have written - is it for those two
(\) only becoz my string changes dynamically
that means it can have
my $string = "test string\\";
or this
my $string = "test string\\\";
or it can be this even
my $string = "test string\\\\";

That's why i was thinking of Split function. so that whereever it matches \ it stores the values in an array and i can mak use of only the desired 0th array

Regards, Shalini
Mar 25 '07 #3
4,059 Recognized Expert Specialist
what you need to use is a quantifier

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  1. $string =~ s/\\+$//; 
Mar 25 '07 #4
1,089 Recognized Expert Top Contributor
That's why i was thinking of Split function. so that whereever it matches \ it stores the values in an array and i can mak use of only the desired 0th array
Hi Shalili,

I understand your approach, but it's not even close to the best method. One thing you'll learn pretty quickly about perl is that it is excellent at text processing. You can almost always accomplish something with a direct method instead of something indirect like using split. Split is used for just what it says, splitting a string into an array. Unless that's really what your ultimate goal is, you best bet is to stick with a regular expression.

Kevin's example spells out exactly what you'll need. Use it, and if you find the time, try to understand it as well. Start reading perldoc and the introductions to regular expressions. It's information that will serve you very well.

- Miller
Mar 26 '07 #5
shalini jain
10 New Member

Thanks for the help..
Yes,I have started reading perldoc..and its really informative.

Mar 26 '07 #6

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