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Shlomi Fish (918)

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I'm a hacker of Perl, C, Shell, and occasionally other languages. Perl is my favourite language by far. I'm a member of the Israeli Perl Mongers, and contribute to and advocate open-source technologies. Technorati Profile []

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Wednesday June 06, 2007
11:19 AM

Silly Trick: Split a String into Lines

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Wow! I have a lot to blog about Perl here, so let's start. First of all, a really trivial trick that I wondered about and that avar on Freenode taught me (thanks!): how to split a string into lines while preserving the trailing "\n". It's very simple: my @a = split(/^/, $text). One thing I wonder is why I don't get an empty line at the beginning of the string, because:

perl -le 'my @a=split(/p/,"pillow pillow on the pall");print join(",",@a)'

Gives me an empty string as the first argument. I also wonder if using split(/^/, $text, -1) instead, will do any difference.

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  • Empty leading (or trailing) fields are produced when there are positive width matches at the beginning (or end) of the string; a zero-width match at the beginning (or end) of the string does not produce an empty field.