Re: opening a big file

beyhan wrote:
The key is :

use Tie::File

"Tie::File" represents a regular text file as a Perl array. Each ele‐
ment in the array corresponds to a record in the file. The first
of the file is element 0 of the array; the second line is element 1,
and so on.

The file is not loaded into memory, so this will work even for

Changes to the array are reflected in the file immediately.

Richard Lee wrote:
I am trying to open a big file and go through line by line while
limiting the resource on the system.
What is the best way to do it?

Does below read the entire file and store them in memory(not good if
that's the case)..

open(SOURCE, "/tmp/file") || die "not there: $!\n";
while (<SOURCE>) {
## do something

sometime ago I saw somewhere it had something like below which look
like it was reading them and going through line by line without
storing them all in memory.
I just cannot remember the syntax exactly.

open(SOURCE, " /tmp/file |") || die "not there: $!\n";
while (<>) {
## do something


What you guys are all throwing at me is bit beyond my skillz... I will read them and get back to you guys.