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I need to compare just the first three fields between 2 different files.

the first file have lines with 3 fields
servername1 WINDOWS daily

The second file have lines with 5 fields
servername1 WINDOWS daily 24 remotehost
servername2 WINDOWS daily 24 remotehost

I want to print to a third file where the fiirst 3 field exist in the seonds file but do not exist in the first file, so in this instance the third file would contain the second line from the second file

servername2 WINDOWS daily 24 remotehost




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Question by:MatthewF
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wilcoxon earned 1800 total points
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This should do what you want...
#!/usr/local/bin/perl

use strict;
use warnings;

# get the two filenames from the command line
my $fil1 = shift || die "Usage: $0 file1 file2 output_file";
my $fil2 = shift || die "Usage: $0 file1 file2 output_file";
my $ofil = shift || die "Usage: $0 file1 file2 output_file";

my %seen;
open IN, $fil1 or die "could not open $fil1: $!";
while (<IN>) {
    chomp;
    my @arr = split /\s+/; # split the line on whitespace
    $seen{$arr[0]}{$arr[1]}{$arr[2]}++;
}
close IN;

open OUT, ">$ofil" or die "could not write $ofil: $!";

open IN, $fil2 or die "could not open $fil2: $!";
while (<IN>) {
    chomp;
    my @arr = split /\s+/; # split on whitespace again
    # write the line to the output file unless we saw it in file1
    print OUT $_, "\n" unless exists($seen{$arr[0]}{$arr[1]}{$arr[2]});
}
close IN;
close OUT;

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by:ozo
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perl -ane 'print unless $s{"@F[0..2]"}++ or @ARGV' first second > third
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As always, ozo is king of the one-liners.

I'm an expert at perl but often learn something new (or at least make me think) from ozo's one-liners.
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