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5.29: How can I read in a file by paragraphs?

Use the $/ variable (see perlvar for details). You can either set it to
"" to eliminate empty paragraphs ("abc\n\n\n\ndef", for instance, gets
treated as two paragraphs and not three), or "\n\n" to accept empty

Note that a blank line must have no blanks in it. Thus
"fred\n \nstuff\n\n" is one paragraph, but "fred\n\nstuff\n\n" is two.


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