perl lookup values from one file in another

Hi,

I asked a question yesterday (http://rdsrc.us/JU6UCg) which was answered but I think I need to go back and start at the beginning.

I have a text file with two columns like follows (the real file has c.100k lines)

9781      Person1
978        Person2
9782      Person3
978        Person4

I then have a second text file that has one column of data as follows:

978
9781


I want to loop round this second file and using the ID lookup the corresponding line in file1 and return the value in column.  I need to loop it as one the value is retrieved I need to do further processing on it, but that’s outside this question.

Note that in file1 the data in the first column isn’t unique  - where more than 1 match is found, I want it to return a null (i.e undtermined)

So, given the IDs in file 2, I would want to retrieve:

undetermined
Person1


How do I properly read file1 into a hash and then lookup values in it whilst looping through a second file?
yelbowAsked:
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ozoConnect With a Mentor Commented:
#!/usr/bin/perl
use strict;
use warnings;
open F,"<a text file" or die $!;
my %f;
while( <F> ){
    next unless my @F=split;
    push @{$f{$F[0]}}, $F[1];
}
open F,"<second text file" or die $!;
while( <F> ){
   my($id)=/(\S+)/;
   print @{$f{$id}||[]}==1?$f{$id}[0]:"undetermined","\n";
}
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yelbowAuthor Commented:
Thanks, works a treat - will now go and decipher it.  Thanks again.
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