Search and Replace with Perl

# Sometimes you need to change something in a bunch of files at once.
# These are some command-line ways of doing that.

# For universal replacement (in all files down from the current directory):
find ./ -type f -exec perl -pi -e \'s/stringtofind/stringtoreplacewith/g\' {} ;

# To do all ".php"s, for example:
find ./ -type f -name *.php -exec perl -pi -e \'s/stringtofind/stringtoreplacewith/g\' {} ;

# To find/replace in just the present directory:
perl -pi -e \'s/stringtofind/stringtoreplacewith/g\

ftp with perl

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

# Yet another time when dependence on libraries bit me, I had to see if
# I could manage an ftp script using the core perl libraries, so I wasn\'t
# dependent on Net::FTP being present in the same form on the system.
# This is just my proof of concept, developed with telnet and the perl
# cookbook.

use IO::Socket;

$remote_host = "remotehost";
$remote_port = 21;
$user = "username";
$pass = "password";

$socket = IO::Socket::INET->new(PeerAddr => $remote_host,
                                PeerPort => $remote_port,
                                Proto    => "tcp",
                                Type     => SOCK_STREAM)
    or die "Couldn\'t connect to $remote_host:$remote_port : $@n";


$answer = < $socket>;
print "$answer";

print $socket "user $usern";
$answer = < $socket>;
print "$answer";

print $socket "pass $passn";
$answer = < $socket>;
print "$answer";


print $socket "pwdn";
$answer = < $socket>;
print "$answer";


print $socket "quitn";
$answer = < $socket>;
print "$answer";

# and terminate the connection when we\'re done

#!/usr/bin/perl -w

use Mail::Mailer;

$smtp = Mail::Mailer->new("smtp","Server","smtp.server");

print "To:       ";
$to = ;
print "Subject:  ";
$subject = ;
print "Body:n";

while ($line = ) {
    last if $line eq ".n";
    $body .= $line;


print "Opening SMTP connection...n";
    "From" => "",
    "To" => $to,
    "Subject" => $subject
print $smtp $body;
print "Sending email...n";
$smtp->close() or die "Can\'t close mailer: $!";
print "Mail sent.\n";