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update: after tobyinks 3rd update I see that order of operations plays a role, I still think you should perlbug it, because at least the perlop, and warnings, need to warn more about this ...

Documenting Auto-increment and Auto-decrement is great, but needs to warn about MORE, like this case, or  foo($1,$2)  <c>foo("$1","$2")

Even B::Lint doesn't warn about it

B::Concise shows no difference between the two

Even the mighty perlcritic doesn't warn about undefined behaviour

But I actually knew about this and forgot

warnings/lint/critic need to recognize and warn me cause I'll probably forget :)

It ought to be easy to recognize an unquoted $1 as a function argument and issue a warning , at least for perlcritic -- if that concise output is any indication, lint might be slightly harder

Maybe perltrap/Common Perl Pitfalls could also use some updating

 

This part below written before your butterjunkeffect update, on the approach to solving this problem

Ick :) Um, do you really want to find the cause, or do you want a better way to write it?

I'm not inclined to try debugging a program that hacks a tree as a string, I'm inclined to create a tree first (say an array of array or Tree ) and then navigate (calculate distance)

update: tobyink is probably right as to cause

Those rosalind newick trees could be drawn with ascii Dumping trees to a console.


In reply to Re^3: $1 not "freezing" in an addition by Anonymous Monk
in thread $1 not "freezing" in an addition by grondilu

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