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edit a file....

edit a file....

edit a file....

Hey I want to edit a file.  I want to go in the file take stuff out and then save the file, and or create another file with the new info....  

How do I do this....

RE: edit a file....

In Perl, you would use the open(FILEHANDLE) "function".

Here's an example script that opens a file, and prints a user name and password to it.

#!perl -w

print "Enter an user name:\n";
$user = <STDIN>; # get keyboard input and name it $user
chomp($user) # remove the trailing new line
print "Enter a password:\n";
$pass = <STDIN>;

# ok, here is where the "magic" happens

open(FILE, "<<file.txt") ¦¦ die("can't find file");
print FILE "$user : $pass\n";

print "Thank you, $user, for entering your password, $pass, into the file\n";


Explanation: The code: open(FILE, "<<file.txt") ¦¦ die("can't find file");
print FILE "$user : $pass\n";

opens the file named file.txt. If the file does not exist, then it will display the line "can't find file", in which case, you can create a blank text file.

The next line, print FILE "$user : $pass\n"; prints the prints the username entered and the password entered, into the file, seperated by a colon.

And, finally, the last line, close(FILE); closes the file so that no more changes can be made.

There is a lot more that you can do with files, I hope this helps.


RE: edit a file....

yeah it does thanks.  I'll ask more questions if I need to...

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