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I agree, the fix is not finished yet. I suspect that the patch works because the rest of the function "mistakes" the private string for a public string, so to speak, and that the test suite passes because either the function is never invoked on a capture variable or because no variable with PERL_MAGIC_sv passes through that function which lacks a private string. Note that the patch doesn't affect all magic variables, just those with PERL_MAGIC_sv -- which is only one type among many, despite the name. From perl.h:

#define PERL_MAGIC_sv '\0' /* Special scalar variable */ #define PERL_MAGIC_overload 'A' /* %OVERLOAD hash */ #define PERL_MAGIC_overload_elem 'a' /* %OVERLOAD hash element */ ...

Nevertheless, it's useful to have isolated the problematic section of code.

I managed to hunt down some prior discussion: http://rt.perl.org/rt3//Public/Bug/Display.html?id=60472.

Nicholas Clark had this to say:

POK shouldn't be on for something with GMG. It should only be pPOK, so that any calls to SvPV() etc call into Perl_sv2pv_flags(), and the get magic is triggered.

(GMG is "get magic".) Based on Nick's post, I think we can confirm that the fact that $1 leaves this function with the SVf_POK flag on is a bug.

demerphq had this to say with regards to why $1 doesn't carry the READONLY flag:

Turns out that this is deliberate, as some pluggable regex engines allow for a writable $1.
Aevar patched this in quite some time ago.
So I think at this points its a bug in Encode, but I couldn't figure out how to fix it in the time I had available.

Perhaps we have tracked down this "bug in Encode".

Incidentally, this bug is a regession in Perl 5.10. Perl 5.8.8 doesn't have this problem.


In reply to Re^2: utf8::upgrade and $1 by creamygoodness
in thread utf8::upgrade and $1 by creamygoodness

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