Eric on 17 Jan 2006 23:53:39 -0000

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[PLUG] Perl question...

I know there are perl hackers about... 

I have a file - a typical line might look like this:

1         1        1       Ownership                 FeeSimple          Fee Simple              

The desired data is the last field - indexed by the first three and forget the 
other two.  The "hitch", if you will, is that I'm using unpack to get the 
fields like this:

open EAT, "<Translation.txt" or die "bummer dude - no file?\n" ;
while (<EAT>) {
  ($f1, $f2, $f3, $junk, $junk2, $data) = unpack("a10, a9, a8, a26, a18, a35 ", $_) ;
  print $data ; 

Some, but not all, of the rows in this file use TABS to keep the columns
aligned.  That's all well and good but perl then grabs more characters
than I want it to thereby 'nipping' a random amount off the front of my data.
Is there a way to get perl to deal with the columns instead of the characters?

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