PERL - changing tabs to spaces

by David Moninger <David.Moninger(at)>

 Date:  Thu, 17 Feb 2000 13:47:05 -0500
 To:  hwg-languages(at)
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I'm definitely not a Perl wizard, and I'm sure what I'm trying to do is 
incredably simple, but I've run of things to try!

I have a variable $message which contains a very long text string, with 
many tabs, each occurance of which I would like to replace with 8 spaces.

Would someone please share the proper code to replace a TAB (/t) with 8 
spaces (/s/s/s/s/s/s/s/s) when found in a variable called $message.

I've tried
use Text::Tabs;
$tabstop = 8;
   with expand ... that didn't seem to work,

& I tried
(after putting $message into $_ )
  but that didn't seem to work.

I'm guessing I've just got bad syntax ...

Thanks in advance for any assistance folks can provide.


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