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I agree that a documentation patch is the best response. Since the value for a key can be literally any scalar, it is impossible to think of a return value that would serve to distinguish between the two cases (at least without some perl magic).

We can imagine delete returning a hash or a list of key-value pairs, but (besides breaking compatibility) that would injure idioms that are more useful than knowledge of which keys existed before a deletion. The idiom for re-keying a value, $foo{'bar'} = delete $foo{'baz'}; would be wrecked, for instance.

A workaround can be devised pretty easily if we need the existence information, my @actual_values = delete @a{ grep { exists $a{$_}} @somekeys};
There are lots of variations possible on that snippet.

After Compline,

In reply to Re: Deleting undef values from a hash by Zaxo
in thread Deleting undef values from a hash by liz

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