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You're right! I was misinterpreting the prefixed count. That's both good and bad news.

  1. Good news: It works!

    As in it packs/unpacks a list of data reliably.

  2. 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;; pp \%h;; { 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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