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File handling doubt

I have a file with 100 lines. They are all alphabets of 40 in length in each line. How to grab the first character of every line. I can't use the splait function as they are no delimiters. Do i have add every line into an array and get the 0th element? Any other nicer way to do?
Thanks.
Aug 20 '08 #1
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nithinpes
Expert 256MB
You can make use of split function without any delimiter, so that split occurs after each character.
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  1. while(<FILE>) {
  2. my @chars = split // ;
  3. print $chars[0];
  4. }
  5.  
Better approach would be to use a regular expression as below:
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  1. while(<FILE>) {
  2. print $1 if(/^(.)/);     # take out the first character
  3. }
  4.  
Aug 20 '08 #2
KevinADC
Expert 2GB
unpack() would be the best function for this purpose:

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  1. $foo = "test";
  2. $first = unpack('A1',$foo);
  3. print $first;
much faster than any regexp or substr() which would have been the second best option.
Aug 20 '08 #3

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