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Tuesday July 29, 2003
10:31 AM

I am surprised by sort

[ #13757 ]
@a=qw(abc def ghi);
@b = map {chop $_} sort @a;
print "@a";

prints the following
# ab de gh

I though the sort already returns copy of the original values so the chop would affect only these copies and thus only @b. In @a I was expecting
# abc def ghi


This also means that the following code:
@b = map {chop $_} sort qw(ab cd ef);
print "OK\n"

Modification of a read-only value attempted at -e line 1.

instead of OK

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  • Read the description of grep carefully, and note what it says about aliasing. (Yeah, I know you're using map, and the POD for map doesn't say anything about aliasing (at least not in 5.8), but map and grep behave behave the same in this regard.)
    • Uh, never mind. The issue really is with sort, and the lack of info in perlfunc on sort's aliasing behavior.