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Re^3: Is it safe to append to the array you are iterating over

by ikegami (Pope)
on Mar 16, 2013 at 19:53 UTC ( #1023847=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: 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

possibly depending on an undocumented implementation detail of my version of Perl.

You most definitely are. The loop is suppose to take a list over which to iterate, but you're relying on the observable differences between that an the actual optimised implementation. You can see this by changing foreach (@arr) to what should be equivalent foreach ((),@arr).

Either iterate over the indexes

my @arr = qw/a b c/; for (my $i=0; $i<@arr; ++$i) { my $e = $arr[$i]; push @arr, 'd' if $e eq 'a'; push @arr, 'e' if $e eq 'b'; push @arr, 'f' if $e eq 'c'; print $e; } print "\n";

Or use a queue

my @arr = qw/a b c/; while (@arr) { my $e = shift(@arr); push @arr, 'd' if $e eq 'a'; push @arr, 'e' if $e eq 'b'; push @arr, 'f' if $e eq 'c'; print $e; } print "\n";

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