position in a file.

I'd like to know how to manage position in a file.
Ex : say I've this file :
hello
hi
everybody
BEGIN
some string
another one
END
yes
no
foo
BEGIN2
exactly
two lines
END2
bar
foo

Suppose I use IN and OUT as filehandles for input and output.
I want to read my file till BEGIN then print all lines till END
then browse till BEGIN2 and then print exactly the 3 following lines
then stop browsing

What's the most efficient and "perl style" manner to do that???
How can I modify the position of <IN> in my file??
steph84Asked:
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shchukaConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Why do you need to modify the position in your input file?  Why can't you just read it line by line until you see BEGIN, then read and print lines until you see END and so on?

If the file is not too big, you can read the entier file in a string array and then do whatever you want with the elements of the array.  I.e. something like this:

open(IN,"inputfile.txt");
@infile = <IN>;
close(IN);

Now $infile[0] will contain the first string from your file, $infile[1] the second one and so on.  The last string will be $infile[@infile].
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ozoCommented:
The last string will be $infile[@infile-1]
 or $infile[$#infile] or $infile[-1]
If you know the position you want in the file, you can seek to  it.
otherwise, you could say something like:
open(IN,"inputfile.txt") or die "Can't open inputfile.txt: $!";
while( <IN> ){
   print if /^BEGIN/ .. /^END/;
}
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steph84Author Commented:
Ok, In fact I was looking for something like the seek command. Could you confirm that $. is the current line number??

Is there a special variable to print current line ($_ doesn't work!) If I have :
while (<IN>) {
print "the_line";
}
does just print; work????


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ozoCommented:
$. is the number of times <> was executed on the current file handle,
which will be the current line if you've been reading line by line.
 while( <IN> ){
   print;
 }
and
 while( <IN> ){
   print $_;
 }
are equivalent

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steph84Author Commented:
Ok, I grade the first answer (I've a lot of point and this answer was not bad, even if i knew that!). Then I'll ask a blank question you'll be able to answer.
Thanks.
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