in reply to Re: Parsing a clunky file
in thread Parsing a clunky file

Thank you, I think you're right. (and FWIW, it's not the querying part that people are going to say is difficult, it's the next steps. but I already have ideas on how perl will help me with that.)

s''limp';@p=split '!','n!h!p!';s,m,s,;$s=y;$c=slice @p1;so brutally;d;$n=reverse;$c=$s**$#p;print(''.$c^chop($n))while($c/=$#p)>=1;