[IWE] Gruesome Perl Regular Expression Problem

Peter Whysall iwe@warhead.org.uk
Thu, 1 Dec 2005 09:32:40 -0000

Here's a record from my data that I want to process:

! Site
A1M/9545A,3,S060,L,N,N,N,N, \
0,  ! Additional Sites \
1,  ! Adjacent Sites \
M1/5191A,OAJ, \
2,  ! Downstream Sites \
A1M/9553A,NDV,0, \
M1/5200A,ODV,0, \
N,  ! Partial Closures Prohibited \
1,  ! Upstream Sites \
A1M/9537A,8,1,3,1,1,ORD,2,2,ORD,3,3,ORD \

As you can see, it's a rather obscure counted format.

I need to produce a report of which of these records has the partial
closures prohibited flag set to Y.

I'm cool with multiline and extended regexes, and I've got the matching for
the individual bits down pat.

What I'm struggling to find in the documentation is how to extract the
number of sites then match that number of sites before matching the next bit
of the record.

How do I match the digit then use the value of the digit to match a number
of things?



Peter Whysall
Site Data & Test Engineer, Serco Integrated Transport
email: peter.whysall@serco.com
voice: 01642 636943 fax: 01642 636701 ext: 6943

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