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Adding parentheses around $$arg[0] fixes that alright, but I don't care.

But you should care. If adding parenthesis helps, it's a parsing problem. Here's what B::Deparse has to say to the code:

sub test_a { use warnings; use strict; my $arg = shift(); ref $arg ? $$arg->test_a([0]) : $arg; } sub test_b { use warnings; use strict; my $arg = shift(); ref $arg ? test_a($$arg[0]) : $arg; }

So the call to test_a inside test_a is parsed as indirect method call syntax. Why? Because it's not predeclared. In Perl 5, a name only becomes visible in the statement after the declaration, which is why you can't write

my $sub = sub { ...; $sub->(); .. };

So, in test_b you call test_a, which has already been declared. So either use parens after the function name, or predeclare it with

sub test_a; sub test_a { ...; recurse into test_a here };

In reply to Re: Recursive method calls and references by moritz
in thread Recursive method calls and references by Grimy

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