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How do I eliminate characters in a string?

Posted on 1998-07-24
Last Modified: 2010-03-05
I have a scalar that is in the form of mixed numbers, characters, and symbols.  I want to process this scalar so that I end up with only the number part.  

Here's an example of what I want to happen.

$before = '12-3 abc 90 def'
$after = '12390'

Any hints on how to do this?
Question by:tmbb
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($after = $before) =~ tr/0-9//cd;

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or $before =~ s/\D//g;
will remove anything not a digit in $before.

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Both work great!
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which do you want to grade?

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ID: 1208750
$_ =~ s/\D//g;
will remove anything excepts digits

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