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No, here is the relevant quote from the documentation for the strict pragma:

strict refs This generates a runtime error if you use symbolic references (see per +lref). ... There is one exception to this rule: $bar = \&{'foo'}; &$bar; is allowed so that goto &$AUTOLOAD would not break under stricture.

and here is code demonstrating the problem:

>perl -Mstrict -e "sub walk {} sub run {} my $walkable = defined(&{'wa +lk'}); my $runnable = &{'run'};" Can't use string ("run") as a subroutine ref while "strict refs" in us +e at -e line 1.

So, the question is: How does the documented exception for use strict 'refs', which allows use of a reference to a symbolic sub, explain the observed fact that when defined is applied to the sub itself (not a reference), no runtime error is raised?

Or, conversely: If the expression &{'walk'} is legal as an argument to defined, why is the expression &{'run'} illegal as the right-hand-side of an assignment?

How (and why) does Perl distinguish between these two cases?

Athanasius <°(((><contra mundum


In reply to Re^8: undef/defined &{$name} while "strict refs" by Athanasius
in thread undef/defined &{$name} while "strict refs" by anazawa

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