Regular Expression

I am new to regex and need to do the following:

From a text file I have rows with 2 columns of text as follows:

name directory
name directory
name directory

I know the name and need to search the file for the name and return the directory associated with the name. I know it is very simple using regex but I am done racking my brain.
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open(IN,"./mail.txt") || die $!;
$name="this is a file";

foreach (@mails){
  if (/^$name (.*)/){
print $dir,"\n";

this is a file /www/sbarney/temp
test /www/sbarney
this+_ir that /temp

NOTE: i have assumed that the filename can contain spaces too.
Also i have hardcoded the file name in the $name var in the perl program.

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$name = "name";
while (<>)
  print "$1\n" if /^$name (.*)$/;

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