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> Is there perhaps a file called "0" in the directory? That would make the loop prematurely break off.

Thankfully this doesn't happen!!!

(I was ready to complain about rotten implementations...=)

Probably saved by one of these special magic behaviors of while

UPDATE:here it is

from perlop#I/O-Operators

The following lines are equivalent:
while (defined($_ = <STDIN>)) { print; } while ($_ = <STDIN>) { print; } while (<STDIN>) { print; } for (;<STDIN>;) { print; } print while defined($_ = <STDIN>); print while ($_ = <STDIN>); print while <STDIN>;

This also behaves similarly, but avoids $_ :

while (my $line = <STDIN>) { print $line }

In these loop constructs, the assigned value (whether assignment is automatic or explicit) is then tested to see whether it is defined. The defined test avoids problems where line has a string value that would be treated as false by Perl, for example a "" or a "0" with no trailing newline. If you really mean for such values to terminate the loop, they should be tested for explicitly:

doesn't mention readdir but I think it's a similar case (and a documentation hole)

Cheers Rolf


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