[CentOS] Assitance with perl

Mon Jan 31 04:00:58 UTC 2022
Orion Poplawski <orion at nwra.com>

On 1/30/22 18:12, H wrote:
> I am writing a long bash script under CentOS 7 where perl is used for manipulating some external files. So far I am using perl one-liners to do so but ran into a problem when I need to append text to an external file.
> Here is a simplified example in the bash script where txt is a bash variable which I built containing a longish text with multiple newlines:
> txt="a b$'\n'cd ef$'\n'g h$'\n'ij kl"
> A simplified perl one-liner to append the text in the variable above to some file in the bash script would be:
> perl -pe 'eof && do{print $_'"${txt}"'; exit}' someexternalfile.txt
> This works when fine when $txt does /not/ contain any spaces but falls apart when it does.
> I would like to keep the above structure, ie using bash variables to build text strings and one-liners to do the text manipulation. Hopefully there is a "simple" solution to do this, I have tried many variations and failed miserably... Note that I also want to use a similar pattern to do substitutions in external files, I would thus like to use the same code pattern.

I don't understand why:

echo -e $txt >> someexternalfile.txt

doesn't do what you want, or if perl is absolutely what you need:

perl -e "print \"${txt}\";" >> someexternalfile.txt

I have no idea if you are trying to output literal $'s or 's or not.

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