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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I didn't spend enough time to fully understand your code, but it feels off.

    I'd attack it with a recursive routine that recurses for each possible component (ordered from largest down to smallest). For each one try as many as possible, down to zero, for each recursive attempt. I'd also keep track of the solution (with a hash of component->count pairs), since returning the way of achieving the maximum seems as important as finding the maximum possible. Short circuit the return if the exact target is ac