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Sunday October 11, 2009
03:24 PM

Perl 5 is Perl 1. And TAP is 22.

[ #39741 ]

I was looking at t/op/unshift.t, and it's a bit strange:


print "1..2\n";

@a = (1,2,3);
$cnt1 = unshift(a,0);

if (join(' ',@a) eq '0 1 2 3') {print "ok 1\n";} else {print "not ok 1\n";}
$cnt2 = unshift(a,3,2,1);
if (join(' ',@a) eq '3 2 1 0 1 2 3') {print "ok 2\n";} else {print "not ok 2\n";}

There's no @ on the arrays passed to unshift. That's Perl 1 syntax.

Well, that's because it turns out that every line in that test is verbatim from the Perl 1.0 release test suite. Check out the "blame". I was going to tweak it to use a library for its tests, which would generate nice diagnostics on failure, but given how "1st edition" it is, I don't feel like doing that now.

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  • And the tests pass. But if I put my @a it fails. (If I put our @a, it passes.)

    No test of the numbers returned? :)

    • But if I put my @a it fails. (If I put our @a, it passes.)

      So, what is this, actually? Something like a glob reference? Or worse: a symbolic reference?

      It reminds me of the syntax for filehandles.

      • No, neither glob reference nor symbolic reference. A "regular" package variable. Run Deparse over it to see what the optree is:

        $ ./perl -Ilib -MO=Deparse  t/op/unshift.t
        print "1..2\n";
        @a = (1, 2, 3);
        $cnt1 = unshift(@a, 0);
        if (join(' ', @a) eq '0 1 2 3') {
            print "ok 1\n";
        else {
            print "not ok 1\n";
        $cnt2 = unshift(@a, 3, 2, 1);
        if (join(' ', @a) eq '3 2 1 0 1 2 3') {
            print "ok 2\n";
        else {
            print "not ok 2\n";
        t/op/unshift.t syntax OK

        There's similar ob