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Re^3: Help! My variables are jumping off a cliff!
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my does two things. During compilation, it creates an association between a variable name and its appropriate lexical scope. [...] The strict pragma only cares about the former
Agreed (and thank you! - having my point addressed directly is like a breath of fresh air.) So, given that 'strict' "cares" about the association between a variable name and its lexical scope... doesn't it make sense that it should check that scope for that name already existing in it?
With that said, you can't unilaterally assume that all instances of the double-declaration have unintended runtime consequences.
But I don't assume that. I'm saying that this is usually a dangerous error that could be caught by 'strict' - and if, for whatever reason, you actually need this to happen in your code, we have the 'no' pragma. This is a well-established practice in Perl for a variety of errors of this sort, and it just seems to me that this type of error would fit very well into that process, without creating any problems. I'd be willing to bet significant amounts of money - say, a nickel :) - that doing so would A) not harm anyone's correctly-written code and B) perhaps discover buried errors.
It seems to me that this would be an obviously Good Thing with no negative consequences. Hence my surprise at its absence.
I hate storms, but calms undermine my spirits.
-- Bernard Moitessier, "The Long Way"