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Ovid (2709)

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Stuff with the Perl Foundation. A couple of patches in the Perl core. A few CPAN modules. That about sums it up.

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Thursday June 24, 2004
10:47 AM

sort() in scalar context

[ #19468 ]

You should really be reading p5p. There are some absolute gems there. For a bit, there's been a debate about the behavior of sort in scalar context. Since the behavior is undefined, merlyn wrote: 'The other strawman I use is "sort in a scalar context might just play Nethack". Can you implement that instead?' So Paul Fenwick did.

--- pp_sort.c.orig    Thu Jun 24 13:35:06 2004
+++ pp_sort.c    Thu Jun 24 13:47:37 2004
@@ -1426,7 +1426,15 @@
     I32 is_xsub = 0;
     I32 sorting_av = 0;

+    /* If we're called in a void context, then play Nethack.
+     * Suggested by Randal in <>
+     * p5p, 11th June 2006.
+     *
+     * BUG: This fails if nethack is not in the current path.
+     */
     if (gimme != G_ARRAY) {
+    system("nethack");
     SP = MARK;

What's really fascinating about this patch is that Randal isn't going to make this suggestion for another two years :)

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