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Firstly, the first level of that hash assignment should be using parens and not curly braces. Now in answer to your first question, you will delete the def key in the hash pointed to by $hash{abc}. As for the second question, just test that the hash is empty with the use of keys in a scalar context e.g
use Data::Dumper; my %hash = ( abc => {}, ghi =>{ qw/ two key value pairs / } ); print "before: ", Dumper \%hash; delete $hash{abc} unless keys %{ $hash{abc} }; print "after: ", Dumper \%hash; __output__ before: $VAR1 = { 'abc' => {}, 'ghi' => { 'two' => 'key', 'value' => 'pairs' } }; after: $VAR1 = { 'ghi' => { 'two' => 'key', 'value' => 'pairs' } };
HTH

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