You're right! I was misinterpreting the prefixed count. That's both good and bad news.
- Good news: It works!
As in it packs/unpacks a list of data reliably.
- Bad news: Its not so good for length/data transmission protocols.
Which want the prefix to be a count of the bytes in the packet; not the number of fields.
That means an extra step is required:
$p = pack 'N/a*', pack '(n/a*)*', 1..10, 'aaaa'..'aaaz';;
%h = unpack '(n/a*)*', unpack 'N/a*', $p;;
1 => 2,
3 => 4,
5 => 6,
7 => 8,
9 => 10,
aaaa => "aaab",
aaac => "aaad",
aaae => "aaaf",
aaag => "aaah",
aaai => "aaaj",
aaak => "aaal",
aaam => "aaan",
aaao => "aaap",
aaaq => "aaar",
aaas => "aaat",
aaau => "aaav",
aaaw => "aaax",
aaay => "aaaz",
That's cool, but important to know.
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