Breaking a domain


I am starting a redirection service on some of my domain names.  It uses Wild Cards domains and when someone types the script is run.  It gets the $ENV{'HTTP_HOST'} and stores it into $url.  

How can I 'break' it so the $url value is broken into 2 parts and stored.  So the value in $url would be

The 'therename' part is stored in $username and the '' is stored in $address.

Any ideas?  Thanks in advance!  Happy Christmas to everyone!

Graeme Sandwell
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I quickly hacked up something here. Bear in mind that I'm not that great with regular expressions so if you're a whiz with them you might be able to get it a bit simpler but this works. Read the comments for more info on how it works. I hope this is clear!


# get the domain, this would be coming
# from somewhere else in your script.
$domain = "";

# the split function uses the regular
# expression specified (in this case .
# which I had to escape because it's a
# reserved character in reg exps) as a
# seperator and spits out the rest as an
# array of values. In this case the first
# value goes to the $host variable. The
# rest goes to an array, @domain.
($host,@domain) = split(/\./,$domain);
# join does the reverse of split, it
# joins an array into one string using
# the specified character as a seperator # (in this case . again).
$domain = join(".",@domain);
# print the output, in your case I assume
# this would actually be a redirect.
print "Host is $host\n Domain is $domain\n";

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#assuming $host is the part before the first .
($host,$domain) = split(/\./,$domain,2);
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