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It appears from the problem description that the keys are all three characters, but just as a heads-up, you might want to add a reverse to that:

my $match = '('.join('|', reverse sort keys %replace).')';

The reverse ensures that the longest match is found even if some pattern is a prefix of another (which, in my experience, is generally the desired outcome). e.g.:

#!/usr/bin/perl -l use strict; use warnings; my %replace = qw/pre 1 prefix 2/; my $norev = '('.join('|', sort keys %replace).')'; my $withrev = '('.join('|', reverse sort keys %replace).')'; while (<DATA>) { chomp; print "Line: $_"; print "norev <$1>" if /$norev/; print "w/rev <$1>" if /$withrev/; } __END__ This line contains prefix (which also matches 'pre')

Should print:

Line: This line contains prefix (which also matches 'pre') norev <pre> w/rev <prefix>

In reply to Re: Testing for the presence of a hash key in a filename by benizi
in thread Testing for the presence of a hash key in a filename by NovMonk

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