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Ironically I am using XML::LibXML later on in the same program. I opted to use XML::Simple because XML::LibXML was choking on a very large file. My solution was to break it up into smaller sections so that the majority of the data could be parsed. XML::Simple has no problem reading in all the data I fed it, but the outputing structure is not what I desired.

My ultimate conclusion was to skip a data structure altogether for breaking up the file and just do a straight regex across the whole file. This preserves my structure exactly and allows me to specify which tags to separate across. Since I am working with a set standard (docbook) there should be no surprising or malformed tags (unless I am fed a corrupted file).

What you said about being beyond XML::Simple's capabilities, led me in this direction. Thanks for letting me know that it was time to go down another path.

sub splitNode2{ my ($name, $root, $tag, $filename) = @_; #print "opening file [$filename]\n"; if(!open(READ, "$filename")){ die "Cannot open file [$filename] for reading\n"; } my $content = ""; while(my $line = <READ>){ $content .= $line; } #print "matching <$tag>\n"; my @matches = $content =~ /(<$tag.*?>.*?<\/$tag>)/sg; if(scalar(@matches) < 1){ writeFile($name, "", $content); #writes the string to a file return 0; } my $count = 1; foreach (@matches){ writeFile("$name"."_"."$count", "", $_); $count++; #print "match: $_\n\n\n"; } }

In reply to Re^2: XML::Simple "transforming data" by Grundle
in thread XML::Simple "transforming data" by Grundle

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