I was puzzled by this one too ...
[me@ptmr]/home/me$ perl -le 'print -2 ** 4 ' # ** binds before -
[me@ptmr]/home/me$ perl -le 'print (-2) ** 4 ' # this puzzled me
[me@ptmr]/home/me$ perl -le 'print ((-2) ** 4)' # parenthesis force wh
+at I want
but I guess print is handling the second case as a list followed by some irrelevance, do I have that about right ?
Update: Thanks Fletch now I have been enlightened! I last read perlfunc a long time ago and had not really absorbed it all at the time. Now I see the explanation print (something) something_else gives the warning print (...) interpreted as function because it looks like a function.
Pereant, qui ante nos nostra dixerunt!
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