[Chicago-talk] Spliting an up undelimited file

Jim Thomason jim at jimandkoka.com
Sun Sep 11 13:19:25 PDT 2011

On Sun, Sep 11, 2011 at 3:14 PM,  <richard at rushlogistics.com> wrote:
> I have a text file that I need to split up so I can put it into a database. However, it isn't exactly delimited. The structure is as follows:
> March 1, 2006 Few interruptions. Operations proceed as planed.
> March 2, 2006 Delays due to bad weather and worker absences.
> March 3, 2006 Significant progress. Few absences reported and agreeable weather.
> I want to split it up into two scalars: date and event description however since it's not delimited I'm not sure how to go about this. Any suggestions appreciated.

This still looks rigidly structured - "date" "space" "run of text"

while (<>) {
  if (/(\w+ \d+, \d{4}) (.+)/) {
    my ($date, $memo) = ($1, $2);
    #do something interesting with $date and $memo

or something to that effect. Be more or less paranoid about the format
of the month, date, and year as desired.


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