Can't seem to write to a file properly

Hello,
Can someone help me diagnose what’s going on with my script? Part of it
is below. I need to open a file, read its contents, do something to its
contents if a condition is true, then write new data to the end of the
contents, of the open file. It’s doing it. It does add what I want it to
add, but, it adds it hundreds and hundreds of times, not just one time,
which is all I want.

Dir.glob(".ps").each do |$psfile|
$filetime = File.ctime($psfile)
$filetime = $filetime.to_s.gsub!(/ -.
$/, “”)
file_contents = File.read($psfile)
file_contents.scan(/%%Pages: (\d{1,5})[ ]+\n/) do #look for
pagecount in file
totalpages = $1 #put that count in
variable
end

if (totalpages.to_i % 2) !=0 then #if odd, then add
blank pg
totalpages = totalpages.to_i + 1
file_contents.gsub!(/.*$/, “%%Blank page for Asura.\n%%Page:
#{totalpages.to_i}\nshowpage\n”)
end
File.open("#{$psfile}", “a”) { |f| f.print file_contents }
end

Thanks.

On 11/9/06, Peter B. [email protected] wrote:

Hello,
Can someone help me diagnose what’s going on with my script?

it adds it hundreds and hundreds of times, not just one time,
which is all I want.

I think the problem is probably this line:
file_contents.gsub!(/.*$/, “%%Blank page for Asura.\n%%Page:
#{totalpages.to_i}\nshowpage\n”)
You are replacing evevery single line in file_contents with the
“blank page” string
So you will add as many strings as you have lines in the original file.

If I understand what you are asking, I don’t think you need the gsub
at all. If you want to append that string to the end, just do:

File.open("#{$psfile}", “a”) { |f| f.print “%%Blank page for
Asura.\n%%Page:
#{totalpages.to_i}\nshowpage\n”}

Adam S. wrote:

On 11/9/06, Peter B. [email protected] wrote:

Hello,
Can someone help me diagnose what’s going on with my script?

it adds it hundreds and hundreds of times, not just one time,
which is all I want.

I think the problem is probably this line:
file_contents.gsub!(/.*$/, “%%Blank page for Asura.\n%%Page:
#{totalpages.to_i}\nshowpage\n”)
You are replacing evevery single line in file_contents with the
“blank page” string
So you will add as many strings as you have lines in the original file.

If I understand what you are asking, I don’t think you need the gsub
at all. If you want to append that string to the end, just do:

File.open("#{$psfile}", “a”) { |f| f.print “%%Blank page for
Asura.\n%%Page:
#{totalpages.to_i}\nshowpage\n”}

Great. Thanks, Adam. As often happens, I was making my life complicated.
I was using gsub! because someone suggested it instead of <<, which I
had been using. But, this is much better. Thanks again.

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