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Re^2: Is it safe to append to the array you are iterating over

by DrWhy (Chaplain)
on Mar 14, 2013 at 19:11 UTC ( #1023534=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Is it safe to append to the array you are iterating over
in thread Is it safe to append to the array you are iterating over

My expectation was your number 2. Loop over the modified array. And that's what it does in my experiments. It looks like Perl is being efficient and rather than constructing a new list to loop over that is just a verbatim copy of the array it already has access to, it's using that array as it's loop list and the implementation of arrays in Perl is such that adding elements on the end of the array doesn't mess up the iterator used by the for loop. At least for the small size arrays I've been working with. Thinking about it further I can imagine Perl doing this until the array gets to a large enough size that it can't be held in the current location in memory so it moves it around in a way that could invalidate or reset the iterator.

--DrWhy

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