. Thanks for posting this since this helps us out alot in disagnosing the problem. What you don't want to do is print references, since they're rarely helpful, but this case is an exception. We are shown that you probably have an array of arrays which you should be assigning to a hash, so my above suggestion for an assignment would be best.
You're right. What you see being printed is an internal representation of Perl's memory management, which isn't very helpful to you- so use Data::Dumper to get the right debugging info. I think we even have a Tutorial here about it. Good luck!
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