Gani Ruthellen wrote:
> Given:
> lines = file.readlines("\x15")  # don't ask :)
>   lines.each do |y|
>     y.chomp!("\x15")
>     y.sub!(/^\n/,"") #kill off the extra line feeds
I would think it better to just call y.chomp! here (with no argument).

>     if y =~ /^\*\*\*/ then
>       y = "<someTag>" + y + "</someTag>"
Know that this is actually rebinding the local variable y to point to a 
new object, not modifying the old object. If your goal was to modify the 
array "lines", you should change "lines.each" to "lines.map" and make 
sure you end the block with a statement that returns the modified y.

perhaps:
lines.map do |y|
   y = y.chomp("\x15").chomp
   y = "<someTag>" + y + "</someTag>"     if y =~ /^\*\*\*/
   y
end


Dan