I can't believe this hasn't been answered a thousand times, but I can't
seem to find the answer in the group archive.

I am parsing a string into @text (i.e.  abc.def)     I want to save the
part before the dot into @firstpart .   For example:

               @text << "a"
               @text << "b"
               @text << "c"   next char is "." so @firstpart = @text
then         @text << "."
               @text << "d", etc

The problem is, this doesn't work.    @firstpart apparently is a
pointer to @text and continues to receive the characters.    Freezing
@firstpart doesn't work because then @text <<  produces a freeze error.
  There doesn't appear to be a "copy" method for string, so how do I do
this?

Sometimes the obvious eludes us....

Bill