I want it documented, and consistent. I agree that the for() case can be seen as stretched ( I like my for(1) to make an alias to $_ so I can do all magic with it inside the for block, but that's another story).
But anyway, what would you say about this then? Is this a bug or not?
my $ref = \ $_;
I'd say that even if this behavior will be decided on as not a bug, then it has to be documented, at the very least.
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