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You must've not only removed the my, but the brackets as well. It was the brackets, mind you, that are the key here.

Including brackets means that you're assigning a list to a list, in this case, the result of the grep operation into a list containing the variable $ok. Thus, the first thing grepped goes into the first variable, and you get "Some String".

If you want to know how many things you got, you need to force a list to scalar conversion. That might sound fancy, but it's just a way of saying you want to assign the list directly to the variable instead of to a list of variables. No brackets. If you're a bit fuzzy, here's some examples;
my @list = ("A","B","C"); my ($var) = @list; # $var becomes "A" my $var = @list; # $var becomes 3 my ($var) = scalar(@list); # $var becomes 3 my $var = scalar(@list); # $var becomes 3 (same idea)

In reply to Re: Puzzled over 'my' by tadman
in thread Puzzled over 'my' by myomancer

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