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is it possible to partition a perl message by bits?

Perl, UDP, and message division are new to me so please keep that in mind.  I'm trying to receive a 12 byte UDP message (I'm told that's the smallest UDP division).  It is divided as:

32 bits
8 bits | 8 bits | 8 bits | 8 bits
32 bits

1) Should (can) I divide this into 6 different variables or possibly array elements using perl?  

2) I think that sometimes the divisions are numbers.  Is there a standard way to tell if it is text or numeric?  

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dwcroninAuthor Commented:
Sorry. I left out informtion that I thought wouldn't matter.  I was wrong.  I'm using LabVIEW 8.0.  It has tools where I get a UDP signal.  I then take this signal and I'm trying to pull the information out by using another LabVIEW tool that matches regular expressions.  I don't think that I can use the pack command b/c the tool only lets me match a regular exspression.  If you know LabVIEW and know that it's easier to get the info a different way, please tell me.  Sorry I left out some of the info - lv, perl, and data signals are all new to me.

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