smls++ has answered your question, but it occurs to me: if you don’t have a variable named $item2, either use strict or use warnings would have shown the error. With warnings:
Name "main::item2" used only once: possible typo at...
and with strict:
Global symbol "$item2" requires explicit package name at...
Moral: Always begin each script with:
It’s often useful to have:
as well, to clarify any warnings or error messages.
Hope that helps,
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