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Posted on 2014-04-08
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I am very new to Perl.  Here is what I would like to do:

Read a file in.
If File is empty, simply end (this part works)
If file has entries, move the first line to the last line. (this part isn't working).

Error: Global symbol "$first_line" requires explicit package name at ./test_move.pl line 27.

Here is my code. Any assistance is greatly appreciated!!

#!/usr/bin/perl
############################################################################################################
# Test Reading File
############################################################################################################

############################################################################################################
# Variables Section
############################################################################################################
use strict;
use warnings;
my $filename = 'filein.txt';

if ( -z "$filename" ) {
   print "File has zero size\n";

} else {

open(FH, '<', $filename)  or  die "Failed to read file $filename : $! \n";
my $firstline = <FN>;
my @remaining_lines = <FN>;
chomp($firstline);
print "The first line is $firstline\n";
close(FN);

open(FH, '>', $filename)  or  die "Failed to read file $filename : $! \n";
print FN @remaining_lines;
print FN $first_line;
close(FN);
}


Contents of Filein.txt:
Orange
Blue
Green

Would like it to end up:
Blue
Green
Orange
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Question by:PAH_in_MI
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perl -Mdiagnostics -w test_move.pl
Global symbol "$first_line" requires explicit package name at test_move.pl line 27.
Execution of test_move.pl aborted due to compilation errors (#1)
    (F) You've said "use strict" or "use strict vars", which indicates
    that all variables must either be lexically scoped (using "my" or "state"),
    declared beforehand using "our", or explicitly qualified to say
    which package the global variable is in (using "::").
   
Uncaught exception from user code:
      Global symbol "$first_line" requires explicit package name at test_move.pl line 27.
      Execution of test_move.pl aborted due to compilation errors.
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by:ozo
ID: 39985936
Did you mean $firstline?

And did you mean FH when you said FN?
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by:PAH_in_MI
ID: 39985977
Good gosh.......a dang typo.  :(

Thanks for catching that.......I must need new glasses!
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by:PAH_in_MI
ID: 39985982
Save me hours of frustration....all because I can't tell the different between an H and an N.

Thanks for catching it!
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