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chomp returns whatever is chomped off, not the line, so $a, will end up being a bunch of delimiters.

Well, actually chomp() returns the number of "characters" that were chomped - not the delimiters. So the OP's code is not going to work or I will admit that I am having a hard time understanding what this thing it supposed to do.

A short demo of chomp() on my Windows machine:

#!usr/bin/perl -w use strict; #chomp demo #running on Windows XP 32 bit... # chomp... "It removes any line ending that corresponds # to the current value of $/ (also known as # $INPUT_RECORD_SEPARATOR in the English module)." # # chomp() returns the total number of "characters" removed. # The "number of characters" depends.... my $count; print "Count\t Text\n"; my $x ="blah...with CRLF (Windows)\n"; $count = chomp ($x); print "$count \t\t $x\n"; print "setting \$/ to \\r\n"; $/ = "\r"; my $y ="blah...with CR (like Old Mac)\r"; $count = chomp ($y); print "$count \t $y\n"; print "This won't work...An \"extra new line\" remains...\n"; my $z ="blah again with CRLF (Windows)\n"; $count = chomp ($z); print "$count \t\t $z\n"; print "set \$/ back to \\n \n"; $/ = "\n"; $z ="blah again with CRLF (Windows) but 2 CRLF's\n\n"; $count = chomp ($z); print "only one of the \\n's is chomped\n"; print "$count \t\t $z\n"; print "end of demo\n"; __END__ Count Text 1 blah...with CRLF (Windows) setting $/ to \r 1 blah...with CR (like Old Mac) This won't work...An "extra new line" remains... 0 blah again with CRLF (Windows) set $/ back to \n only one of the \n's is chomped 1 blah again with CRLF (Windows) but 2 CRLF's end of demo

In reply to Re^2: using function output ananymous array vs. named array in foreach by Marshall
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