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the phenomenon you noted is absolutly normal, if the reference count of $h goes to zero, it is automatically freed by perl, since it is associated with a object, the DESTROY method in the class will be called.
see perltoot Destructors
I generally talked about the way the DESTROY is called, but this is new to me, pardon if it caused some confusion.
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