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Assuming that the data is in a file called "data.txt", I might try something like the following (untested):
#!/usr/bin/perl -w use strict; my %somehash; my $file = 'data.txt'; open FILE "<$file" or die "Can't open $file for reading: $!"; while (<FILE>) { if (/^(\d+)\s+[^\s]+\s+[^\s]+\s+([a-zA-Z]+)$/ { $somehash{$2} = $1; } }
The regex breaks out as follows:
/^ # Anchor to beginning of string ( # Capture to $1 \d+ # one or more digits ) # \s+ # One or more whitespace [^\s]+ # One or more non-whitespace \s+ # One or more whitespace [^\s]+ # One or more non-whitespace \s+ # One or more whitespace ( # Capture to $2 [a-zA-Z]+ # One or more letters ) # $/x; # Anchor to end of string
For more information about why I did not use a simpler regex like /^(\d+).*\b(\w+)$/, you may want to read Death to Dot Star!.

Simpler, however, would be to use a split (also untested):

while (<FILE>) { chomp; my ($value, $key) = (split /\s/, $_)[0,3]; $somehash{$key} = $value; }

Cheers,
Ovid

Update: I would just like to say that I have no frickin' idea why I wrote that regex. Yes, it works. So what? I saw regex in the title and got carried away.

Use the split;

UpdateII: Yup. I have the key value backwards. It's fixed now. Sigh.

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In reply to (Ovid) Re: regexp's by Ovid
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