wasn't splitting a list of values
2334, 2343, 9923, 3636
into @_. I tested all around it, there were values, blah blah blah, and finally I decided to be more explicit.
@_ = (split /
and that was when I realized that it needed to be
Oh well. "Don't be so hasty with split//," is the lesson learned today.
Quick Addendum: I'm giving up on this stuff for tonight; my head has become heavy with sleep. Tomorrow, after dealing with my useless brother's need for updating his tome, I hope to come right back to it. I've started to get a little bit of the love/hate thing going on with perl.