If you are using a current version of Perl, say > 5.5, using tie %hash is the way to go. Be advised, on some versions/ports tie DOES NOT return the reference to the underlying object of the tie on success. If you are planning to use an extended routine via $ref->routine( ), you may get the reference by $ref = tied(%hash) first. Be sure that the $ref is undef/out-of-scope before you untie %hash. Good luck. -c
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