Is there a way I can make perl "listen" to a file and actually have it be parsing data and doing inserts on a db?
This is seriously off the top of my head, and I have never done anything similiar, but instead of using open( BLAH, $file ) and while ( <FIFO> ) couldn't you use sysopen, sysread and then sleep on eof? You can "know" where you are in the file, and just sleep when you get an EOF. I am sure there are buffering and pre-munging munging issues involved, but maybe this will help.
Sorry, I do not have any code to help you with, but someone else prolly can . . .
Will perl for money
Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
<code> <a> <b> <big>
<blockquote> <br /> <dd>
<dl> <dt> <em> <font>
<h1> <h2> <h3> <h4>
<h5> <h6> <hr /> <i>
<li> <nbsp> <ol> <p>
<small> <strike> <strong>
<sub> <sup> <table>
<td> <th> <tr> <tt>
Snippets of code should be wrapped in
<code> tags not
<pre> tags. In fact, <pre>
tags should generally be avoided. If they must
be used, extreme care should be
taken to ensure that their contents do not
have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent
horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor
Want more info? How to link
or How to display code and escape characters
are good places to start.