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I thought next is just another way to say goto

Well, it's not. You can see that next and goto compile to different ops internally:

$ perl -MO=Concise -e 'X: next X' 4 <@> leave[1 ref] vKP/REFC ->(end) 1 <0> enter ->2 2 <;> nextstate(X: main 1 -e:1) v:{ ->3 3 <"> next("X") v ->4 -e syntax OK $ perl -MO=Concise -e 'X: goto X' 4 <@> leave[1 ref] vKP/REFC ->(end) 1 <0> enter ->2 2 <;> nextstate(X: main 1 -e:1) v:{ ->3 3 <"> goto("X") v ->4 -e syntax OK

Another difference is this warning here:

$ perl -wE 'sub f() { next X }; X: for (1) { f }' Exiting subroutine via next at -e line 1.

which you don't get with goto. And of course the fact that the code above terminates, but doesn't if you replace 'next' with 'goto'.


In reply to Re: How does next label work? by moritz
in thread How does next label work? by PerlOnTheWay

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