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Hi

I am new to this site and i am new to PERL programming also.

I am looking for a help from you.

I am having a requirement which goes like this

I have to write a perl script to read a text file(This text file is having a single column)  -- But before that

1: First I have to check whether that file exist in the path given.If it exist then return 0 otherwise send an email to xyz@xyz.com stating that file not found in the given directory but return 0 right now also.
2: If that file is read permission then return 0 if not then send an email to xyz@xyz.com stating that file is not having read permission but return 0
3: Read the file and if it is having wild characters(*,(,),%,$,@,!,.,{,},[,],",:,;) then send an email to xyz@xyz.com regarding the wild card presence (Along with the line numbers) in the file and return 0.

Means - after running this script - We have to always return a zero but if we find any errors which are mentioned above then we have to send an email.

Can somebody help ???

nbo
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jmcg earned 25 total points
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You're saying "return 0" when I think you mean "continue on to the next step" at several stages in your description.

There is no point to separately checking for the existence and readability of the file. That leaves us with just two things to check: 1) can we open the file for reading? and 2) does the file contain any forbidden characters?

Let's assume you have already figured out how to send an email and that knowledge is embedded in a subroutine named "send_error_email" which takes as its single argument a string containing the error message that is to be sent.

Let's assume the "given path" is in the variable $path.

Let's assume the file name is in the variable $file.

That means the basic script will look something like this one:

use strict;

my $badchars = q/*()%$@!.{}[]":;/;

open FILE, "$path/$file" or do {
               send_error_email( "could not open $path/$file for reading because $!";
               exit 0;
               };

while( <FILE> ) {
              if ( tr/$badchars// ) {
                  send_error_email( "Bad characters found in $path/$file at line $.");
                  last;
                }
              }
exit 0;
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Sounds very much like homework, which is not permitted under EE guidelines.

Please clarify what the "requirement" is.
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Nothing has happened on this question in over 2 months. It's time for cleanup!

My recommendation, which I will post in the Cleanup topic area, is to
accept answer by jmcg (or delete, forfeit points because it's homework).

PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS COMMENT AS AN ANSWER!

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