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Monday June 21, 2004
02:46 AM

Perl's Special Variables

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My article on Perl's special variables[1] was published on over the weekend.

I've already had a couple of email from people telling me how useful they've found it. Always nice to know your work is appreciated.

[1] Actually it just covers half a dozen or so variables that control file I/O.

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  • No discussion of $. would be complete without a mention of multiple commandline ARGV filenames -- $. does not reset between files, unless

    close ARGV  if eof;

    or equivalently,

    close ARGV  if eof(ARGV);

    is included in the



    eof(3) []

    Otherwise excellent review!

    # I had a sig when sigs were cool
    use Sig;
  • Just spotted a minor typo in the article and I thought I'd tell you so that you might be able to update it.

    The string that separates the elements of an array when expanded in a double quoted string is stored in $". Once again, it's simple to change it to a different value.

      my @arr = (1, 2, 3);
        local $" = '+';

        print "@arr";

    This code prints 1+2+3".

    That final quotation mark shouldn't be there. :)

    Otherwise a very good article.

    All the best,


  • To be honest, I missed the -l switch on command line for triggering $\ to a default newline character. Beside that, Excellent article!
  • I had wanted to email you about it, but I'm pretty timid. It's a fantastic article, now if I can only remember those goodies. :) Thank you!