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I'm looking to obtain


Or, this would also be helpful: given:


I'm looking to obtain

!   34-2=5

Where! Is some indication that inequality or equality is false. I'm looking for something that processes text files.

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In the second case, it would be real easy if the equality lines used double equals signs, such as "34-2==5" instead of just a single, since a single equals sign is used for assignment in most programming languages. – Daniel Andersson May 11 '12 at 15:17
I can change the signs to anything, so where it's =, I could put ==. – e a005 May 11 '12 at 15:18
Also, I assumed a *nix environment since you asked about that in a separate question very recently, but it would be good if you could clarify if you want a *nix solution specifically, or some other platform or the most general solution (Perl is quite general, but for other people answering it could be good to know). – Daniel Andersson May 11 '12 at 15:48

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First case

perl -nle 'print $_."=".eval($_)' filewithexpressions
  • -n loops over the lines.
  • -l strips newlines from $_, but separates output lines with newlines for you.
  • -e defines an expression to be run.
  • $_ is a placeholder for "current line".
  • . concatenates strings.
  • eval() will take a string and evaluate it as code, so e.g. eval('5+8') returns 13.

Second case

With dual equals signs in the infile as noted in my comment to the original question:

perl -ne 'print eval($_)?" ":"!",$_' filewithequalities

As before in general.

  • -l is not needed/wanted since the newlines take care of themselves in this case.
  • The ?: construct is a ternary operator. If the preceding expression is true, return a blank space, otherwise return an exclamation mark.
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Good answer, complete and with an explanation. – e a005 May 11 '12 at 20:40

Here's a python script to handle the first part of your question:

import sys
for line in sys.stdin:
    print "%s=%s" % (line.rstrip(), eval(line))

Put the above code in, put the input in test.dat, and run like so:

python < test.txt

I'm assuming a unix-like OS. Note that it can be dangerous to pass input to any script that runs eval---don't pass unknown data to this script.

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