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How do I expand tabs in a string?

You can do it the old-fashioned way:

    1 while $string =~ s/\t+/' ' x (length($&) * 8 - length($`) % 8)/e;

Or you can just use the Text::Tabs module (part of the standard perl distribution).

    use Text::Tabs;
    @expanded_lines = expand(@lines_with_tabs);

Source: Perl FAQ: Data Manipulation
Copyright: Copyright (c) 1997 Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington.
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