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how to find last word in a line??

how to find last word in a line??

how to find last word in a line??


         I have a text file with each line having variable number of words..
how do i print the first few words and last word of a line in to an output file.
I was doing with $NF for the last feild in shell scripts how do i do it in perl.

sample text file
hgahgdhsgd hgshdgshd jhkjjkj lklk 9898
ghsgh t6523 8787 87jhj jhjshjhh
jjkjkj  hjhjjhh 0000

i would like first few words and the last word in an output file to process further.


RE: how to find last word in a line??

# with lines in @lines

foreach $line (@lines)
$line =~ /^(.*?\b.*?\b).*\b(.*?\b.*?)$/;
$first_two_words = $1;
$last_two_words = $2;

The up caret pins the regex to the start of the line.  A dot (.) is a wild card.  A dot followed by a star is any number of wild cards.  A dot star question_mark \b is any number of wild cards up to the next word boundary (\b).  There is a .* in the middle with no ? that will suck up the middle of the line.  The dollar sign at the end pins the reges match to the end of the string(line).

'just one way.
'hope this helps.

 keep the rudder amid ship and beware the odd typo

RE: how to find last word in a line??

open(FILE, "file");
   print NEWFILE "$1 $2\n";


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