To explain what's going on it might be helpful to use underlined bold
text to represent strings. So, one can write:
eval 2+2 → 4
and this means if you eval
the string 2+2
, you'll get the string 4
. In perl this is just:
my $x = '2+2';
my $y = eval $x; # $y is the string '4'
In your original example, what is happening during the substitution s/$match/$replace/e is:
eval $replace → $1 Perl
I.e., the match is replaced with the string $1 Perl
, and that is why $text2
contains $1 Perl world
How about just adding another /e modifier to evaluate the substitution again? Unfortunately this doesn't work because $1 Perl world is not valid perl syntax:
eval eval $replace →
eval $1 Perl world → syntax error
When $replace and the substitution is written as:
my $replace = '"$1 Perl"';
$text2 =~ s/$match/$replace/ee;
the evaluation of the replacement proceeds as follows:
eval eval $replace → eval "$1 Perl"
and because of the double quotes this last eval
concatenated with a space and the string Perl
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