I can't understand what can be the problem with the code..
see chomp , not exactly easy to see at a glance what the return value is , you'll have to read that prose or employ tricks :)
$ perldoc -f chomp |ack return -A1
$INPUT_RECORD_SEPARATOR in the "English" module). It retur
total number of characters removed from all its arguments.
number of characters removed is returned.
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